Report: 30+ Staff Have Left Crytek UK Since 2011, Morale is "Low"

[UPDATE] Another report says Ryse: Son of Rome 2 has been dropped.

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[UPDATE] A report from Kotaku, based on conversations with anonymous developers who work at Crytek, claims that the studio has canceled multiple games over the past few months. These include original prototypes and a sequel to Xbox One launch title Ryse: Son of Rome. The company is also struggling to pay its employees, the report claims.

The original story is below.

As claims about problems at Crytek have come to light, Eurogamer reports today that 30+ staff have left Crytek UK since development on Homefront: The Revolution began in 2011, and that morale at the Nottingham-based studio is "low."

A list of developers who departed the company provided to Eurogamer shows that they included staff who held "key positions" in the art, design, and programming departments. Crytek UK's website says the studio employs around 130 people in total.

Separately, Kotaku reported yesterday that Crytek UK managing director Karl Hilton recently left his role at the company. Hilton co-founded Free Radical Design, which would later become Crytek UK.

One source told Eurogamer that the high turnover at Crytek UK is the result of staff not being paid on time on multiple occasions. Another source said they began to have suspicions about tough times at Crytek UK in the middle of last year, when bonuses were reportedly withheld. Currently, morale is "low" and staff feel "lost," according to the source. Eurogamer also reports that there is a "general lack of trust in management" at the company.

The report goes on to say that some Crytek UK developers have moved on to Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games, which has an office in Manchester, UK. Star Citizen runs on Crytek's CryEngine.

A recent article from German magazine GameStar claimed Crytek was close to bankruptcy, but Crytek would later deny this report. It's unclear what effect, if any, the current situation at Crytek UK could have on Homefront: The Revolution. Publisher Deep Silver and Crytek declined to comment.

Another source speaking with Eurogamer painted a more positive picture of the currently situation at Crytek UK. This person said there remains a number of "high quality and loyal staff" who are intent on delivering Homefront: The Revolution. The game is currently scheduled for release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in 2015. You can read more about it in our preview from E3.

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Discussion

146 comments
hyncharas
hyncharas

Whilst it is bad news for Crytek, people should remember they are talking about the Nottingham studio only, not the company as a whole.  As some users have also already stated, the studio was on the verge of bankruptcy before as Free Radical Games, when Crytek purchased them, so it comes as no surprise the team there is once again biting off more than they can chew...

Last but not least, it's no secret that since the Recession began, big studios have laid off employees in the wake of a game's release, prior to starting a new project.  Whilst this may not be eniterly the case with Crytek UK, it is likely to be a factor.

uncle5555
uncle5555

RIP - Free Radical Design and any chances for Timesplitters 4 =-(

swantn5
swantn5

of course moral is low 30+ just got handed there pink slips what do you expect them to be jumping around and be happy???

Rambolike
Rambolike

I don't understand why anyone would be surprised.  Ryse was exclusive to X1, and at the time of release, it was trailing PS4 badly.  The game itself wasn't very good; boring and repetitive, not to mention an extremely short campaign.  The writing was on the wall a long time ago.

thereturnoftheg
thereturnoftheg

"Another report says Ryse: Son of Rome 2 has been dropped"


Best news I've heard all day.

insloanwetrust
insloanwetrust

Maybe your game should not have been exclusive to the X1.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

I never really was a fan of this studio, and always thought they're claims to fame, the "Crysis" games, were visual tech demos disguised as unimaginative and rudimentary FPSs. I played Crysis 1 and 2 on PC in case that info needs to be stated when I express my opinions on the series.

That said, it's always sad when peoples jobs are at risk, but I'm pretty sure anyone who played it can agree that the world does not need a sequel to Ryse: Son of Rome, and I'm not entirely certain we need one for Homefront either. Perhaps these people can put the "evreything must look awesomely real" skills they learned at Crytek to use at other studios that make games that are interesting AND look good.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Sorry PC gamers but Crysis 2 was a good game. Just because a game is also on consoles, doesn't mean its bad.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

Impersonating Nostradamus, I predict that in a year or two, an "Underrated gems" will be published, and of course, Ryse will the the "gem".

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Looks like Crytek's Ryse has turn into a downhill fall. :-P

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

The moment that they announce Crysis for consoles I knew the series was headed in a bad direction because that game was known for it's graphic prowess and that's something consoles just don't have.

edant79
edant79

If they were even debating on making Ryse2....then yeah, maybe they need to go belly-up.

Jawehawk-DK
Jawehawk-DK

Remember back in the day when Crytek made good games? The original Crysis was excellent. Then they made crap like Crysis 2 and 3...

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

If Crytek downsized and went back to it's older formula's, a la Far Cry and Crysis, that might save them. I don't mean to use those IP's, they don't exactly own them, but come up with new IP's that use that good old pseudo-open world formula with outstanding visuals (and maybe hire some new writers for better story).


Far Cry and Crysis!! Legends! What happened to these guys?


Oh, right. EA and Microsoft. Screw 'em. Now and forever. Ruining good companies since the dawn of the information age.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

If Crytek downsized and went back to it's older formula's, a la Far Cry and Crysis, that might save them. I don't mean to use those IP's, they don't exactly own them, but come up with new IP's that use that good old pseudo-open world formula with outstanding visuals (and maybe hire some new writers for better story).


Far Cry and Crysis!! Legends! What happened to these guys?


Oh, right. EA and Microsoft. F**k 'em. Now and forever. Ruining good companies since the dawn of the information age.

sakaixx
sakaixx

@Rambolike but it was somewhat profitable, money hatted by ms and sold near a million

skeetys
skeetys

@insloanwetrust Who cares? It was just Ryse, that game was a pile of crap. They never have made a good game. Let them die.

jecomans
jecomans

@DinoBuster Amazing engine, but not one of their games so far has been great. Their Homefront sequel looks like it could be good though (and very different from the original by Kaos)

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@AyatollaofRnR Yes the hell it does just look at the reviews of the original Crysis and Crysis Warhead, reviews from this very site shows that after Crysis 2 and 3 came on console the quality went straight down hill just like Call of Duty when it  was on PC it was a respected FPS but when it went console it also took a dive sorry but consoles drain the passion and love from devs and the need to make money takes over and then you turn into EA.

themc_7
themc_7

@Dannystaples14 lol why did everyone hate Ryse so much? Have you actually played it or did you just hop on the hate wagon like everyone else? Ryse was graphically beautiful, with a great story and solid gameplay. I really enjoyed it. It did not deserve the 4/10 that it got.

skeetys
skeetys

@Jawehawk-DK The Crysis games were never good. They've always been graphic benchmark tests with terrible gameplay.

jecomans
jecomans

@Jawehawk-DK Crytek has never made a particularly good game; so, no, I don't remember?

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@Jawehawk-DK  Yes Crysis and Cysis Warhead were just brilliant and beautiful, but the last two just seemed to be sacrificed and compromised without the passion of the first two games.

aajep
aajep

@spikepigeo EA and Ubisoft you mean? Microsoft doesn't own Far Cry nor Crysis, Ryse is the only one they have their hands on.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@xxbarrytasticxx  You're such a dimwitted momo

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@jecomans  Funny the reviews don't seem to reflect your very short analysis of the games, they were just steaming piles on the consoles.

LordKaizer
LordKaizer

@themc_7 beside crysis 1, what game have they made was actually great except for the graphics?

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@Zombrex  You're just sad because the truth hurts you ma'am what are you a kindergarten teacher's aid, bottom line consoles extract any real need for actual good gameplay for a fast buck.

Zombrex
Zombrex

Clearly. That must be the reason why the petition for a PC port of GTAV has over 700,000 "signatures."

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@Zombrex Worked didn't it loser, but hey I didn't sign it because I knew it was coming to PC anyway, so I thought it was dumb anyway, and so now it's coming and it will stomp all over the  PS4 version with it's compromised crappy 900p graphics HAHA LOOOOOSER!!

Zombrex
Zombrex

First, there's no need for your rude behavior(and still need for your atrocious grammar). Second, what makes you think I give a sh1t either way about the game, it was merely the most recent example of my point. Lastly, it's a point that has been easily lost on you.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@themc_7  Of course not good gameplay goes hand in hand for me, and I knew it was a joke only cheap penniless console simpletons use the "master race" quote, poor jealous flea harboring peasant.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@Zombrex  That's because you failed miserably to make any point.