Crysis Dev Crytek Denies Claims That It's In Financial Trouble

Developer dismisses recent report that suggested the company was hurting after "disaster" development of Ryse: Son of Rome.

A recent report from German magazine GameStar claimed that Crytek, the large-scale studio perhaps best known for the Crysis games, is in the midst of financial challenges. According to the story, development of Xbox One game Ryse: Son of Rome was a "disaster" and other companies are supposedly making offers to hire away Crytek talent. But in a statement issued today today, Crytek denied these rumors.

"Regardless of what some media are reporting, mostly based on a recent article published by GameStar, the information in those reports and in the GameStar article itself are rumors which Crytek deny," the company said in a statement to Eurogamer. "We continue to focus on the development and publishing of our upcoming titles Homefront: The Revolution, Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age, Arena of Fate, and Warface, as well as providing ongoing support for our CryEngine and its licensees."

"We have received a lot of positive feedback during and after E3 from both gaming press and gamers, and would like to thank our loyal employees, fans, and business partners for their continuous support," the statement goes on.

Ahead of E3, a source told Eurogamer that staff at Crytek's office in Bulgaria hadn't received their salaries in two months. The site has also heard that some employees at Crytek UK have become "disgruntled" over the lack of transparency regarding Crytek's financial situation.

GameStar's report suggests that World of Tanks developer Wargaming could acquire Crytek. At the same time, however, Eurogamer has also heard that an investment in Crytek from an unspecified Chinese company has been postponed for now.

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fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

Ryse was amazing for me. Id love to play a sequel

blackothh
blackothh

Thats what you get when you make a game thats all visual and no gameplay...........use your heads next time........

Hurvl
Hurvl

Since almost all of their games have the word "Cry" in them, it would be fun if they denied this rumour further by making a game or fake game/game trailer called Cry Wolf.

REDShadowG
REDShadowG

This is how companies that agree for exclusivity deals need to end up.

Cobretti1818
Cobretti1818

Far Cry then Crysis then Crysis Warhead then.........

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

This isn't a surprise. They haven't done anything notable since the first Crysis. The company will be dissolved and the rights to CryEngine sold off. WARFACE is a horrible game.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

When all you make is a tech demo over and over for the 'Master race'? Certainly you start to have financial issues.


Gamers want a decent game experience beyond upgrading graphics cards.


Sure. . . I'm sure a small sum support the next D00M III, I mean. . . Crysis. But step up and improve the gameplay, the original Crysis had potential, you guys blew it with its sequels.

jecomans
jecomans

Whilst their engine is undeniably awesome, the studio is yet to actually make a great game (FC was decent, Crysis series is okay - good AI). Hopefully they can get there act together for Homefront: The Revolution.  

cynicritic
cynicritic

How is this in any way relevant?

prime_l
prime_l

Is no one using CryEngine?

nobody490
nobody490

Crytek - "Don't worry 'bout it"

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

There is no way id pay full price for Ryse. You want to create a game that has story and action scenes and no gameplay? 


Make a movie......


I love Mass effect etc and the whole game is really one giant interactive movie. But it was a huge trilogy, there was tons of areas to explore and the game play itself was reasonably fun and there wasnt barely any hand holding (despite how linear it kind of is). There was no QTE events in Mass Effect.


So if you want to make a story based game, look at Mass Effect or The Witcher as inspiration, not just QTE after QTE. Who wants to pay full price for that? Id rather watch Gladiator or Braveheart or 300 or something and watch real people fighting in a real stylised way, than a few action CGI events.


Also QTE, means im watching the buttons NOT the action!!! So whats the point?

bullsfan769
bullsfan769

Ryse looked great, but was definitely lacking in gameplay, its a rental at best

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

Please tell me that no one here is surprised? crytek makes tech demos not games. The gameplay is bland and the story is almost non-existent. As someone earlier saud we can talk about graphics, 60 fps vs. 30 fps, 1080 p, etc. till we are blue in the face. But with games gameplay and story will always reign supreme.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

Oh I'm sure Gamespot won't get any fake emails of people claiming to be employees *rolls eyes*

Seems like a bit of a waste of time.

Gen007
Gen007

and they deserve to be i mean i hate to see peoples jobs in danger but it's survival of the fittest out here and they are far from fit. Crytek makes some of the most boring and bland games ive ever played. Very pretty and gorgeous but average at best gameplay. Crytek is living proof that no matter how obsessed people get graphics, frame rate, resolution ect game-play is still king and crytek has never bothered at all imo to make a game with compelling gameplay or story either.

LordTrexGuy
LordTrexGuy

I really love Crytek, mostly for their Crysis series. Would be a shame if the developer went down, especially considering how much of an impact the Crysis 3 multiplayer has had on recent FPS games like Titanfall and Advanced Warfare (which is mediocre tbh at best).

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Well you know what they say about smoke, fire and all that jazz.

oflow
oflow

I heard Ryse 2 was in development set in medieval times with more weapons and expanded multiplayer.

Probably a rumor but meh I liked Ryse and if it had as many weapons as say Spartacus: Legends it would be a decent game.

Saidrex
Saidrex

That's what you get for exclusivity agreements!

frozenuxx
frozenuxx

Sooo the Xbun adventure ends...Don't crawl back to us though.

gogoplexiorayo2
gogoplexiorayo2

Its sad if this company goes under. Crysis series is my favorite of last gen.

arkadiyk
arkadiyk

Who invests in a console exclusive that is selling worse than others?

A few million xbox ones

50 million gamer/enthusiast pc!

kgbinusa
kgbinusa

As long as next Crysis will be open world I will buy it...

wookiegr
wookiegr

Get crackalackin on a new and epic next gen version of Crysis and save yourselves Crytek!

alaannn
alaannn

id buy ryse for ps4 they should release it on ps

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

I had little to no interest in that game from the beginning. Never been a big fan of the Roman Empire. they got what they deserved. Would be a better game to play as the Barbarians that destroyed Rome.

wookiegr
wookiegr

Ryse... cough cough... 

quicktim3
quicktim3

funny story. i decided to watch like the first 10 minutes of cut-scenes of Ryse to see if i should get the game. 


the story ended up being so good i watched the whole thing. seriously it plays out like a movie. i actually felt real emotion watching it. 

i really hope they make a sequel, just need to make the gameplay a little better. 


Tahir_Ahmad
Tahir_Ahmad

@RSM-HQ 

You need to cite all facts when you discuss anything instead of supporting your biased console opinion.

That tech demo (Crysis 1) actually gave them great fame and success for their CryEngine. That's the reason why that engine is still regarded as one of the best gaming engine in industry.


They started to face real issues when they believed in stupid EA free to play ideology and signed exclusivity contract with Microsoft. Ryse was a flop on XB1 but it could have done much better if they released it on PC and PS4 too.


An exclusivity contract is only beneficial for hard vendor not the gamer nor the developer and that's the reason Crytek is facing issues.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

@prime_l Quite a lot of devs actually. One of the most noteworthy, apart from Crytecg themselves, is Cloud Imperium. But I think the CryEngine wikipedia will give you a list.

RevLux
RevLux

@GOGOHeadray  Actually the story for Ryse was surprisingly good. The combat was a bit weak though it was still entertaining enough for me to finish the game twice to get all the collectibles. As popular as it is to trash Ryse and Knack these days they were both decent games imo.

edussz
edussz

@GOGOHeadray Gameplay in Crysis 2 and 3 are fucking great! And it looks amazing! Ryse is shit, sure..

Saidrex
Saidrex

also that's what you get for making shitty game

deathstream
deathstream

@frozenuxx


They made one exclusive, that started life as a Kinect game.  Do you whine this much all the time?

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@spartanx169x That would be sweet. they should do a german gaul invasion of Rome game.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@wookiegr  Wow, that sounds like a nasty cough you have, it even prevented you from finishing your thought on your post :)

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@quicktim3 And if an action game was just a movie, sounds like they could have succeeded.


Problem is RYSE was originally a 100% Kinect game that MS made Crytek redevelop for controllers after the game had pretty much been finished.  It was a cluster____ that never got beyond the massive scripting of the Kinect experience.  Meanwhile, WARFACE is decidedly last-gen in many ways and the HOMEFRONT IP cost money...  even after Crytek had worked at least a year on the sequel only to lose monies when THQ went under.

In all, it's a bad time to be Crytek. 

eternaldragoonx
eternaldragoonx

@quicktim3 I actually really enjoyed it myself. It was a bit short to warrant a $60 purchase but very well written none the less.

emperiox
emperiox

@quicktim3  was going to say the same thing. The gameplay was horribly repetitive...but the story was amazing.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@Tahir_Ahmad Lastly, case you question my little 'Master Race' summary.


Witcher 3. . What a great game that's turning out?


Tell me, what do 'Master Race' gamers talk about regarding this game? I'm assuming you maybe one. .


The new leveling system? How gameplay is sounding more easy overall to W2?


Or what 'Master Race' really talk about! Highest setting spec requirements, 4K, and (GameSpots love child topic) frames per second being 60 or over!


RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@Tahir_Ahmad Perhaps you should learn to read, and on that note I find it hilarious you assume I don't use a P.C. 'Master Race' is the term for P.C. tech-head that favour engine advancements over a substantially decent game.


Back to my original point on your ignorance, I never said Crysis 2 and 3 damaged them beneficially. But they did go the way of mediocre as games, though they did sell under expectations may I add, with graphics being the only upside (Like D00MIII) 

*I use D00M III example, because like many I upgraded my rig and waited for the brilliant D00M 2 sequel. Instead got a 'pretty' lackluster game focused purely on "them graphics". . . Thanks Master Race. . You suck.


Continuing; the "read again" returns for me stating Crysis 1 had potential, but rest assure it was not a gaming masterpiece. Far freakin from it. I'm sure many would agree, we thought they'd just build on its core gameplay for better. . Nope, this company had a very narrow goal. 


and on that the engine. Is not one of the best. It, is, for, graphics, nothing else! Developers outside of Cry state how much a pain it is. You must have mistaken it for Unreal 3. & now Unreal 4 white-washes it in graphics also.


Just let this overrated tech-demo developer go. I know its been 'Master Race' poster boy developer for six years or so, but they stink!


damnyou444
damnyou444

@Damnation_6 @prime_l Cryengine is good for achieving  high quality graphics but every difficult when it comes to programming and creating workflow.  

arkadiyk
arkadiyk

At least if it came to pc mods would make it more enjoyable.

frozenuxx
frozenuxx

@deathstream @frozenuxx

lol Truth hurts eh?...But we can all count on you to bail them out HAHAHA

Tahir_Ahmad
Tahir_Ahmad

@RSM-HQ @Tahir_Ahmad 

I don't like them to stay either, they lost their soul and became console focused developer so I only feel bad for the staff not for the company as whole.

The funny thing I find in your posts is the fact you're blaming it all on graphics instead of other factors too, it is clearly written in there that Ryse development was catastrophic for them and recently they were all loud about F2P crap so that brought their doom instead of focusing on graphics otherwise they should have started facing trouble when they developed first Crysis which was a big budget game itself.

Secondly your claim that Crysis 1 was not enjoyable or had mediocre game play is a matter of opinion. It's quite funny that a repetitive game like Call of Duty is regarded as one of the most famous FPS in industry while games like Crysis which introduce something unique and new are regarded as crap.

And while game play is indeed more important than graphics, people like you just want to exaggerate on game play, graphics create the immersion we want in games, it's an important element that comes right after story and game play so just whining about game play doesn't make sense. If you do actually own a PC then go play Skyrim vanilla and then Skyrim modded so you might understand what I am talking about.


About the engine, not every one of it find as much success as Unreal Engine but it doesn't mean it's a bad engine, whenever you talk about Unreal Engine competitors CryEngine, FrostBite are the few names that always appear on top so please do some homework before judging on your own hate.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@arkadiyk You could say that for any game if it has a Mod tool kit >_>

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@Tahir_Ahmad @RSM-HQ I believe this whole debate is a frank matter of agree to disagree.


I've been coming off as rash with my views, so let's up in a more formal tone.


You feel the company has more on offer, on both its game developing side and engine. 


& I'm one that does not. 


I've given developers like CryTek chances once often enough. & believe gameplay for the games they've offered are below average. /My view.


If the worst does happen? All the best for the guys and lasses anyway, perhaps they'll form a new development team with more freedom?