Crysis and Ryse: Son of Rome developer Crytek is to close five of its seven studios in order to ensure “a healthy and sustainable business moving forward that can continue to attract and nurture our industry’s top talent,” the company’s managing director Anvi Yerli has said in a statement (via VG247). While it will continue to work out of its studios in Frankfurt and Kiev, those in Shanghai, Seoul, Budapest, Sofia and Istanbul will all be closed down for good, a decision that, Yerli says, “are part of the essential steps” that Crytek needs to take to safeguard its future.
“Undergoing such transitions is far from easy, and we’d like to sincerely thank each and every staff member – past and present – for their hard work and commitment to Crytek,” continues Yerli, before clarifying that “the reasons for this have been communicated internally along the way. Our focus now lies entirely on the core strengths that have always defined Crytek – world-class developers, state-of-the-art technology and innovative game development.”
How much of an impact the closures will have on Crytek’s future remains to be seen, but the restructure clearly wouldn’t have been initiated if business was booming.
Having originally made a name for itself with the first Far Cry back in 1999, the success of the shooter led to the release of Crysis in 2007, a then PC exclusive title that was met with critical acclaim. Since the launch of Crysis 3 in 2012 and Ryse: Son of Rome in 2013, however, the studio has moved into different territory, with Robinson: The Journey and The Climb – a VR only title – being its most recent releases.
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