Crytek, best known for the games Crysis, Ryse, and more recently PSVR’s Robinson The Journey are to close their studios in Hungary, Bulgaria, South Korea, China, and Turkey, the developer said today.
This news comes following reports that employees in some Crytek studios haven’t been paid for months.
Crytek will retain only two studios, Frankfurt, Germany and Kiev, Ukraine,
as the company plan to “refocus on its core strengths of developing innovative games and game-development technology.”
In a press release, Crytek said that they’ve “put plans into action to secure jobs and to ensure a smooth transition and stable future” for those who will lose their jobs as part of the studio closures.
“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,” said Crytek managing director Avni Yerli in a press release. “These changes are part of the essential steps we are taking to ensure Crytek is a healthy and sustainable business moving forward that can continue to attract and nurture our industry’s top talent. 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, and we believe that going through this challenging process will make us a more agile, viable, and attractive studio, primed for future success.”
As always, thoughts go out to all those talented folks effected by the studio closures.