The fate of games-in-development by Crytek was left in the dark as its issues due to non-payment of salaries picked up the pace over the recent times. Till now, we know that Crytek was working on Homefront the revolution and Ryse 2. It was also reported earlier that the game’s director also called it quits with Crytek.
As of now, Deep Silver has acquired the rights of the game ‘Homefront: The Revolution’ from Crytek and will be developing this game. The work will be undertaken by its new Dambuster studio. Deep Silver is a well known publisher for titles such as Saint’s Row, Dead Island and Metro: Last Light.
The game is expected to launch in 2015 for the current-gen consoles and for PC.
Homefront was acquired by Crytek from THQ when it declared bankruptcy in 2013. Now it seems Crytek maybe facing the same fate as THQ as its not able to pay its employees for many months to a point that its UK employees have refused to work. Though Crytek earlier claimed that they’re in a transitional phase.
Crytek also confirmed that its UK team will be transferred to Deep Silver. The official statement are as follows:
Firstly, Crytek has been in extensive discussions with leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products, Koch Media, regarding the acquisition of rights for the “Homefront” IP. On completion of the proposed acquisition, the Homefront team from Crytek’s Nottingham studio would transfer their talents to Koch Media in compliance with English law and continue their hard work on upcoming shooter, “Homefront: The Revolution”. Both parties hope to finalize and implement a deal soon.
The internal restructuring will also see the development of Crytek IP, “HUNT: Horrors of the Gilded Age”, transferred from their studio in Austin, USA to Frankfurt. Crytek will retain a presence in Austin, with several staff members maintaining the CRYENGINE support team to assist North American licensees. Employees who are not set to be part of that support team will be invited to apply for new positions at Crytek in Germany.
Crytek founder and CEO, Cevat Yerli, said: “As we look to cement Crytek’s future, this strategic deal with Koch Media would allow us to continue with our ambitious goals to become an online publisher. With Warfare, Arena of Fate and HUNT, we believe we have the perfect portfolio and teams to make that happen. We would like to thank all our staff – past and present – in both Nottingham and Austin for their contributions to the company, and we wish all the very best to anyone who may no longer be under the Crytek banner moving forward.”
Crytek’s studios in Budapest, Istanbul, Kiev and Sofia will continue to operate as usual. A closer collaboration between Crytek’s studios in Shanghai and Seoul is under review.
Its assumed that the money front Homefront’s sale and saving after transferring its employees to Deep Silver may have helped them to gather funds to pay the remaining salary payments. If this is the case, its a huge relief for Crytek UK team.