Crytek Shutters Five Internal Studios


Following claims of employees not being paid, Crytek has officially shuttered five of their worldwide studios.

The company will now only retain two of its studios, based in Frankfurt and Kiev. The goal of this move is to ‘refocus’ on developing ‘premium IPs’ and technology.

The studios affected include locations in: Hungary, Bulgaria, South Korea, China, and Turkey.

“Undergoing such transitions is far from easy, and we’d like to sincerely thank each and every staff member – past and present – for their hard work and commitment to Crytek,” said Crytek co-founder and managing director Avni Yerli.

These changes are part of the essential steps we are taking to ensure Crytek is a healthy and sustainable business moving forward that can continue to attract and nurture our industry’s top talent. The reasons for this have been communicated internally along the way. Our focus now lies entirely on the core strengths that have always defined Crytek – world-class developers, state-of-the-art technology and innovative game development, and we believe that going through this challenging process will make us a more agile, viable, and attractive studio, primed for future success.”

Crytek is reportedly aiding in the affected staff and management in finding new jobs elsewhere in the industry. Our best wishes go out to everyone affected.


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  • Mark Samenfink

    Not 1 US office in the lot of them, that seems kinda lame. Still, sad face.

  • Mr0303

    That’s terrible to hear, but not surprising. If the rumours are true Crytek have not been paying their employees on time and are having financial troubles. Hopefully all the affected people will find jobs soon.

  • Grayares Fakcot

    whats the last game they made? ryse?

  • Bitterbear

    I guess that Crytek is..

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    In a financial Crysis.

  • NeoTruth

    I guess now you can call them Cryingtek.

  • Madbrainbox

    Hopefully they’ll make another great shooter.Maybe they’ll manage to get back Far Cry’s mangled corpse from Ubisoft.One can only dream.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    My only concern is what does this mean for Timesplitters Rewind since Crytek has been barking up this tree for years.

  • tBanzai

    Probably shut them down so they won’t have to pay them.

  • braneman

    I don’t know what they were expecting after what happened with Ryse. They should have just stayed trying to make FPS games or something.

  • Dr. Roswell. W
  • Uncle Ocelot

    How the hell did Crytek get 7 studios anyway?

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Probably never happening unfortunately, Ubisoft probably wants Far Cry to slip between AssCreed and Watch Dogs as each year’s big holiday game.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    I think they made that Homefront sequel?

  • Lucky

    They haven’t made a great shooter since 2007, so I doubt it.

  • Truck

    Isn’t this similar to how 38 Studios went out too?

  • edge

    I am pretty curious about this myself. Not sure why they would have needed that.

  • sanic

    Eh when they decided to focus on F2P games I had a feeling they signed their death certificate, I’ll be impressed if they pull out of their death spiral.

  • Phasmatis75

    Sadly they took one of the most innovative Shooters enemy wise with Crysis and turned it into a generic shooter with Crysis 2. Didn’t even care about Crysis 3.

  • Phasmatis75

    AssCreed will be dead after the next entries failure because of anti white bs again, and the god awful movie that will come out soon. Watch Dogs is dead after 2 sold between 80-60% less depending on region over its original. Far Cry is right now their only franchise that is doing okay.

    I seriously hope Vivendi buys them out. Purge the leadership and their SJW bs. Say what you want about when they ran Activision but at least they didn’t make anything like Watch Dogs 2.

  • Phasmatis75

    Agreed, that was one trend that was obviously only going to be popular for a very limited time.

  • Phasmatis75

    They were until they needed money and then sold it off to Deep Silver.

  • Cats736

    Boo

  • Zanard Bell

    “But can it run C̶r̶y̶s̶i̶s̶ in a financially viable manner?”