In May 2007, Frankfurt, Germany-based Crytek announced it was working on an all-new IP at its satellite studio in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. At the time, the PC-centric developer of Crysis and the original Far Cry gave few details about the game, other than that it would use the same CryEngine 2 as Crysis. However, CEO managing director Faruk Yerli made a point of saying that the middleware can "run on multiple platforms," sparking speculation it could be Crytek's first console effort.*
This week, rumors about Crytek's mystery game flared up again, thanks to a filing with the US Patent and Trademark office. The filing, first submitted on February 25, registers the title "Warface" and covers ancillary forms of entertainment such as "computer enhancements for games" and "multimedia publishing of books, magazines, journals, software, games, and music."
Is Warface the title for the previously revealed game? Or is it the unnamed PSP title that's reportedly in the works at Crytek's studio in Budapest, Hungary? For now, there is no firm answer. Attempts to solicit comment from Crytek or its publishing partner Electronic Arts were unsuccessful as of press time.
*=Far Cry publisher Ubisoft internally developed the game's console spin-offs Far Cry Instincts, Far Cry Instincts Evolution, and Far Cry Vengeance, as well as sequel Far Cry 2. It bought the Far Cry IP outright in 2006.