Crytek rumors persist: staff not being paid on time, Ryse sequel dropped, according to sources

By Julio Franco ยท 22 replies
Jun 24, 2014
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  1. Crytek, the developer behind Crysis and Xbox One launch game Ryse, is having trouble paying employees, and the company has been bleeding staff since March, according to people who work there.

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  2. Sniped_Ash

    Sniped_Ash TS Maniac Posts: 253   +108

    I retract my previous statement. Not being able to pay employees on time is a real bad sign.
  3. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TS Addict Posts: 296   +125

    It's sad to see a company like Crytek decide to ditch their core audience in search of more money. They have everything they need to go the way of Epic games, and promote their Engine with 1 OTT big budget game every few years, and keep most of the staff optimizing their engine. That's the business model they should have copied. It seems like their in the death spiral right now. Once you start cancelling major console exclusives, it's about time to pack your bags.

    Obviously poor management plays a major part, but their long term goals, or a lack there of, is the real problem.
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  4. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,320   +1,412

    I'm not surprised. I feel bad for the employees, but this is what happens when you work for a poorly managed company that makes even worse games.
  5. robb213

    robb213 TS Maniac Posts: 330   +100

    I am really looking forward to Homefront too, but can't blame the workers if they call it quits on their own and leave due to the mess.

    I wonder how this is effecting that Time Splitters fanservice remake from the one guy I last heard was still working for them; it was on his free time of course too.
  6. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,041   +678

    I couldn't wait to play and see the original Crysis at MAXIMUM detail. I pre-ordered Crysis 2 and didn't like it. Crysis 3 I liked even less, because they didn't really add anything new. I don't want to see Crytek go, but damn come out with a better IP. Oh they did? Ryse? That linear and repetitive action/adventure game with no replay value was Crytek? Wow.

    Even FarCry 2 and 3 were disappointments to me. Same with FEAR 2 and 3. Too many sequels, not enough, dare I say, innovative ideas in games.

    Creating a 3D game should start with a blank canvas and a wild imagination, but developers are working like they are using templates. Like they are just going through the motions. Devs add a dog and a fish to a FPS game, and we are supposed to be excited about that in 2013?

    E3 2014 looked promising though...
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2014
  7. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +859

    Not sure if you were insinuating that the Far Cry and FEAR sequels were CryTek products, but they weren't.
  8. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,041   +678

    I know. The point was sequels that didn't live up to the original like Crysis imo.
  9. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +113

    In my opinion, they really should develop in house rather than taking these big contracts. I think they were a lot better off doing things there own way rather than someone elses way. You never know when someone like Microsoft will pull the plug on a project and leave the developer hanging.
  10. They needed more money because their "core audience" wasn't enough, it isn't hard to understand, and I'm part of the people than liked alot crysis and loved crysis 2.
    Also, they went the way epic went with their engine, and that is one of the reasons why they made crysis 2 the way it was to put their engine in the eyes of the console developers.

    I hope this isn't real, Crytek is a very good and hard working company.
  11. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,320   +1,412

    They ignored their core group to gain market share and then lost everything. I don't know a PC gamer that didn't own crysis 1. Then they came out with a garbage game and called it crysis 2, completely ignoring their base. Crysis 2 wasn't even remotely like crysis 1. They wanted to expand their market share into the console market and it just didn't work. They could have made some amazing games, but they dumbed everything down so it ran on a console. It was them aiming for the console market that spelled doom for them. Instead of exploring wide open, beautiful areas they put you in a cramped, liner path. I think Crytek is a rare case were staying a PC only developer would have the best option.

    They wanted crysis to be more like DuesX, but crysis was crysis, it didn't need to be anything else.
  12. Bitvar

    Bitvar TS Rookie Posts: 18

    I'm not sure you understand who Crytek's core audience is. HINT: It isn't gamers. Crytek makes the majority of its money off of simulations for military, education and other government agencies. Gaming is an afterthought and a simple vehicle to serve as a testbed for engine advancements, and general exposure of their engine for licensing. Crytek has never been a game developer. They are a developer who has accidentally made a few games to demo their tech.
  13. ShadowDeath

    ShadowDeath TS Booster Posts: 92   +23

    Well from the looks of things they're going to be hurting soon. When you can't pay your employees they will find that money by working for another company and not yours anymore.
  14. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    I personally blame publishers, crytek would be 100% perfrectly fine without publishers as publishers tend (100% of the time) only give them what 85% of what they actually need to complete a project with a stupidly short frame time with mega high expectations which means crytek making next to nothing whilst taking on new people just to help with the work!

    if the top 5 publishers had a different approach to game development studios would actually make a profit and not live on scraps... if I owned crytek I would make it so no one could control the way I manage my studio and I would make sure we had enough money to last us 2 games worth...
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  15. Geforcepat

    Geforcepat TS Booster Posts: 140   +16

    Just a doggone shame:(
  16. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    I couldn't agree more, they kinda brought this on themselves for going the console route.
    Just FYI, Crysis 2 is the reason I do not pre-order games any more. I took a day off work for that game and it was the biggest let down, To this day, I refuse to pre-order games because of how bad Crysis 2 was.
  17. Hexic

    Hexic TS Maniac Posts: 333   +164

    Agreed. :/
  18. gingerbill

    gingerbill TS Addict Posts: 233   +59

    Agree with what other posters have been saying , they didn't focus on there main audience , crysis must have sold well , everyone I know owns it.

    The article says they are making a free to play MOBA type game that's sounds like a disastrous idea unless they somehow make the greatest game ever made . Way to many well established and great games already in that field , not to mention HOTS on its way.

    Seems like management have made some very bad choices and just chased what seems popular.
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    That (in my mind) is the equivalent to missing a turn on the highway and going the wrong direction. Now to see if they can correct their navigational error or change their destination. It is likely though that this change was already made before hand. Time to see if their cards play out in favor of this change.
  20. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TS Addict Posts: 296   +125

    They just need release another groundbreaking game like Crysis was. Obviously easier said than done, but they need to push PC hardware to it's limits, and show that they can build games that no one else is either willing, or able to do. This also means leaving PS4 and XBO behind at the moment.
  21. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    I agree. However that is less likely to happen, when they continue to loose staff. Maybe it is only the dead weight that keeps leaving.
  22. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TS Addict Posts: 296   +125

    I'd like to think so, but something's telling me they're going the way of THQ. The Crysis series will be picked up by someone, as will Ryse. The rest of their IPs will probably fall by the wayside.
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,012   +2,536

    Yeah, they need another blockbuster that is destined to become the most annoying internet meme of all time!(y)
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2014

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