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Ryse 2 supposedly canned amid reports of Crytek financial troubles

Tuesday, 24th June 2014 17:44 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Following Cryek’s denials of financial trouble, anonymous sources close to the developer have confirmed there are indeed issues going on inside the studio and have caused the cancellation of a Ryse: Son of Rome follow-up.

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Speaking under anonymity, ten current and former employees have told Kotaku, not only is Crytek missing payroll, and around 100 staff members leaving the firm since March 2014.

Multiple games have also been cancelled and work on prototypes for a Ryse sequel have ceased. The employees state Crytek is constantly reassuring employees all issues at the company will be fixed in the future, but checks are still being issued late.

One of the main complaints from staffers is the lack of communication between Crytek’s studios and higher-ups in Austin, Texas; Nottingham, UK; and Frankfurt, Germany among others.

The employees interviewed also said Cytek’s shift to making free-to-play games such as its new MOBA and Warface are also causing dissidence and financial issues within the company as a whole. One staffer even told Kotaku that Crytek’s Warface was only a hit in Russia and failed to garner interest elsewhere.

“Instead of focusing on the core strengths of the company, which would be the [Crytek] engine and innovative PC titles, we simply jumped at every next big thing in the industry,” said a Crytek employee. “Except that each time we did, it was a little too late and we were running after our competitors. There’s no sense of identity at this point and I think that frustrates both employees and fans.”

There’s plenty more to read on the issue, so head over to Kotaku for the full report.

Homefront: The Revolution was announced as by Crytek during E3 earlier this month Has an open world shooter for Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One slated for 2015.

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17 Comments

  1. undermyrules

    Karma is a bitch Crytek eh?

    #1 2 months ago
  2. heyvc

    I agree, this thing about them going Free’to-play only and then leaving their Identity for EVERYTHING is hot at the time (Multiplayer online shooter… MOBA…) leaves other interesting titles such as THE HUNT in a bad place for me.. The game looks good and interesting.. but it is one of theirs Free to play games.. and that was a let down. I hope HOMEFRONT sells well so they can go back to focus on AAA or Normal retail games.

    #2 2 months ago
  3. kingy

    I’ve never been interested in crytek games they look pritty but I found they play shitty obviously that’s my opinion and others won’t feel the same I’m a console gamer and very rearly play on PC , but sad news if they fall no one wants a developer to fall

    #3 2 months ago
  4. Dimaco

    And nobody’s gonna miss it.
    Btw, maybe all the haste towards f2p has been a bit too much, yes?!

    #4 2 months ago
  5. gomersoul

    We dodged a bullet here, this would’ve been shit

    #5 2 months ago
  6. The_Red

    Crytek: From now on, we will only make F2P games.
    Crytek goes nearly bankrupt.
    Crytek: Everything is fine. We have G-Face and Warface. Also, nothing is going on here.

    I feel terrible for the talented people at Crytek who had to follow the stupid CEO and his orders by going fully F2P instead of focusing on something that, you know, they are actually GOOD at (PC driven, open world FPS games).

    But no. They had to go F2P along with pointless hack&slash (Ryse) and badly console-ized shooters (Crysis 2-3).

    #6 2 months ago
  7. bradk825

    I hope at least most of it is untrue. It’s hard to take anonymous sources too seriously. After all, for all you know, I am all 10 of those sources. I would love to see a new Ryse title with new weapons and mechanics added. If they could inject some more complex gameplay but keep the gorgeous visuals up, you’d have a solid game on your hands.

    #7 2 months ago
  8. jmg24bad

    Yaaaaaay . Fuck crytek. They make shit games anyway

    #8 2 months ago
  9. Legendaryboss

    Oh my god! Crytek is doomed! The doomsday train has been set on you. In all seriousness this situation does sound dire (if true). On that note someone save Crytek UK.

    #9 2 months ago
  10. OrbitMonkey

    A lot of talent wasted on mediocrity, due to bad management with lack of vision.

    Games industry all over.

    #10 2 months ago
  11. Dragon

    @The_Red ,
    You don’t have to feel terrible for all of them . According to rumours, “vultures are already circling” and best talent would probably go to somewhere better.

    #11 2 months ago
  12. nandro

    @Dragon

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    #12 2 months ago
  13. nandro

    @OrbitMonkey

    nice

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    #13 2 months ago
  14. Dimaco

    I think Crytech has proven to have technically talented people, but the games… Man…

    #14 2 months ago
  15. fearmonkey

    They suffer from bad managementitis……They dropped Farcry and Ubisoft has done very well with it. They dropped the successful formula in Crysis and created Crysis 2 and 3 which weren’t really what everyone wanted from the series. Ubisoft got it, (except with Farcry 2) and the new game in that series looks great! They created Ryse as a Xbox One exclusive that got roasted in reviews and the Xbone’s sales didnt help it. Lastly they got all excited about FTP and that hasn’t been a boon for them either.

    They don’t have a IP that is going to really get people stoked right now. Another Crysis won’t save them even if they return to the old gameplay, they no longer own Farcry, they need something new and fresh, big ideas and amazing graphics, and very polished. The question is can they do that, or will they end up being bought out because of their technology. MS could step in, EA could step in, Ubisoft could step in, I doub’t Activision would. They need new management, the old has to go for them to succeed.

    #15 2 months ago
  16. pacmom

    Ryse Son Of Rome – HD Wallpapers:
    http://www.vgwallpaper.com/search/ryse

    #16 2 months ago
  17. antraxsuicide

    Quoting Tim Spencer over on GI Biz:

    “I spoke directly to a friend at Crytek HQ, they said to take the GameStar story with a pinch of salt as while there is some factual information in there, there’s also a lot of bull.

    While there have been delays due to external factors (reading between the lines: publishers) people have been paid.

    Things like the popularity of warface gets swept aside in that article, and while yes warface has been successful primarily in Russia… Russia is a bloody big place, with a ton of people, and warface has been incredibly popular – i.e. it can’t be swept aside with one dismissive statement, it’s a big money earner for them.

    And while yes the sales of Crysis were lower than desired (understandably from the decline of its design direction), Ryse sold much higher than expected, despite its scores (yay for being a launch title).

    TL;DR: things have been a bit rocky, but they’re through the worst of it and things are fine at the moment. ”

    *END QUOTE*

    I take anonymous sources with huge grains of salt.

    #17 2 months ago

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