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.

Brandon Orselli


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  1. Mark Samenfink
    Mark Samenfink
    December 20, 2016 at 11:03 am

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

  2. Mr0303
    December 20, 2016 at 11:06 am

    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.

  3. Grayares Fakcot
    Grayares Fakcot
    December 20, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    whats the last game they made? ryse?

  4. Bitterbear
    December 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I guess that Crytek is..


    ( •_•)>⌐■-■


    In a financial Crysis.

  5. NeoTruth
    December 20, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I guess now you can call them Cryingtek.

  6. Madbrainbox
    December 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    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.

  7. No_Good_Names_Ever
    December 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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

  8. tBanzai
    December 20, 2016 at 2:14 pm

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

  9. braneman
    December 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    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.

  10. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    December 20, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    How the hell did Crytek get 7 studios anyway?

  11. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    December 20, 2016 at 4:31 pm

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

  12. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    December 20, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I think they made that Homefront sequel?

  13. Lucky
    December 20, 2016 at 5:08 pm

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

  14. Truck
    December 20, 2016 at 7:57 pm

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

  15. edge
    December 20, 2016 at 8:07 pm

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

  16. sanic
    December 20, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    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.

  17. Phasmatis75
    December 20, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    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.

  18. Phasmatis75
    December 20, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    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.

  19. Phasmatis75
    December 20, 2016 at 11:18 pm

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

  20. Phasmatis75
    December 20, 2016 at 11:19 pm

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

  21. Cats736
    December 21, 2016 at 8:34 am


  22. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    December 21, 2016 at 11:07 am

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