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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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.

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uncle5555

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

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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???

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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.

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sakaiXx

<< LINK REMOVED >> but it was somewhat profitable, money hatted by ms and sold near a million

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theReturnoftheG

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


Best news I've heard all day.

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Palantas

If he dies, he dies.

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insloanwetrust

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

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Skeetys

<< LINK REMOVED >> Who cares? It was just Ryse, that game was a pile of crap. They never have made a good game. Let them die.

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LordKaizer

<< LINK REMOVED >> beside crysis 1, what game have they made was actually great except for the graphics?

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cboye18

<< LINK REMOVED >> yes.

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daikkenaurora12

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> lol

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At3fD

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> wow @skeetys WTF calm down dude !

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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.

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jecomans

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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)

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AyatollaofRnR

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

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Zombrex

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> ..,,,,<----I found the rest of your punctuation.

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Zombrex

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

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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.

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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".

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hystavito

<< LINK REMOVED >> Heh, perhaps :)

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dr_jashugan

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

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themc_7

<< LINK REMOVED >> their new Homefront looked very promising.

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HaveSumNuts

Ryse 2 or poo?

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There was a Ryse 2? Oh the HORROR!

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themc_7

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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AyatollaofRnR

<< LINK REMOVED >> The games looked fine on console.

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themc_7

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> "graphics is everything" said the PC master race.

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themc_7

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> that was a joke you fool! Graphics aren't everything!

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psx_warrior

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> True, it just doesn't look as good on 360 or PS3 like it did on PC. Mods further made the game look better on PC.

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Zorlac

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You need to read what he said. He didn't imply crysis wasn't on consoles. Don't be so fast to attack and insult people.

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edant79

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

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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...

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Skeetys

<< LINK REMOVED >> The Crysis games were never good. They've always been graphic benchmark tests with terrible gameplay.

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jecomans

<< LINK REMOVED >> Crytek has never made a particularly good game; so, no, I don't remember?

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Rcebankz

<< LINK REMOVED >> Crysis 2 was awesome. The best of the series in my opinion.