Crytek drops U.K. studio and downsizes its team in Austin after Deep Silver buys Homefront


"Crytek just sold the rights to Homefront to Saints Row publisher Deep Silver, and the company is also enacting some major restructuring.

The Crysis and Ryse: Son of Rome developer is closing its U.K. studio and cutting jobs from its U.S. team in Austin, Texas. Much of the talent from Crytek U.K. will join Deep Silver’s new studio in England to continue working on Homefront: The Revolution. The Austin wing of the company will remain open to operate as a support team for North American developers that license the studio’s CryEngine development toolkit, but development of co-op thriller Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age will move from Austin to Crytek’s Frankfurt team. This news comes after months of rumors that the developers was missing payroll payments to its employees."

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DeadRabbits1956d ago ShowReplies(4)
Benoski1956d ago

A shame, really.

But let's face it: Crytek is dead. There's not a chance in hell that they can recover from this.

Gh05t1956d ago

Why not? They have what six or seven offices/studios left?

I'm no Crytek fan but I would say they are far from over and have the chance to restructure multiple times before they sell out completely (Assuming no one makes them an offer that's worth taking before they are truly out of money).

TheGrimReaper1956d ago

1 true dev department left -> Frankfurt, Germany

Gh05t1956d ago

Crytek in Bulgaria is making Arena of Fate so I don't know how there is only "One true dev department left"

danny8181956d ago

i feel bad for the people working on homefront. Its been jumping around like crazy lol to cryteck, and now deepsilver. Starting from THQ

HacSawJimThugin1956d ago

Should of sold Ryse to MSFT back in March...

ABizzel11956d ago

I understand why they wanted to keep it, but if the price was right it would have been sold Day 1 without a second thought if I were in charge.

But at the same time when you're an artist it's kind of hard to let your work go.

But back to the real world of business, who else wants Ryse as an IP besides MS? Nobody, so why not go ahead and work with them on a real exclusive. Do like Epic did with Gears of War. 3 game deal, and then sale off the IP.

HacSawJimThugin1956d ago

A lo of people wouldn't have lost jobs if they would have sold it to MSFT. They could have save some of their former employees a ton of heart ache and financial woes if they sold the IP instead if making them suffer. I don't respect them for that reason alone.

I hope to see a Ryse sequel on day, I still enjoy playing it and though it was a cool regardless of popular opinion. Other than that, I agree with you...I would have sold it day one.

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