Crytek USA’s start-up project Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age has been ripped from their hands and handed to Crytek Frankfurt. To add insult to injury, Crytek USA has been reduced to supporting North American developers who license CryEngine.
Crytek confirmed this news to VentureBeat, and also confirmed that they are shutting down Crytek UK. Earlier Deep Silver announced that they had acquired the Homefront IP, but did not mention what would become of Crytek UK. Now we know that the studio is no more and that most of the employees are now part of Dambuster Studios, who are still developing Homefront: The Revolution.
“As we look to cement Crytek’s future, this strategic deal with Koch Media would allow us to continue with our ambitious goals to become an online publisher,” Crytek chief executive officer Cevat Yerli said in a statement. “With Warface, Arena of Fate, and Hunt, we believe we have the perfect portfolio and teams to make that happen. We would like to thank all our staff – past and present – in both Nottingham and Austin for their contributions to the company, and we wish all the very best to anyone who may no longer be under the Crytek banner moving forward.”
This is terrible news for Crytek USA, which was formed after THQ’s bankruptcy from the remnants of Vigil Games’ staff, and Crytek UK, what was formed from the remnants of Free Radical. We wish the best for those affected by this.