High Turnover Of Staff At Crytek UK Casts Doubt Over Homefront: The Revolution
Posted by Damien McFerran
More tales of woe for the studio
Yesterday, we reported on rumours that Crytek is in financial trouble, with staff going unpaid and hints that bankruptcy could be on the cards.
Today, there are fresh reports which relate to the company's British studio Crytek UK, which was formed form the ashes of TimeSplitters and Haze developer Free Radical Design. Around 30 staff have left Crytek UK since 2011, including Free Radical Design co-founder Karl Hilton. The UK studio employs around 130 people.
It would appear that worrying tales of staff wages being paid late also apply to Crytek UK, as one source told Eurogamer that they were paid £600 one month and £700 the next. Bonuses have apparently been withheld as well, with another source claiming that company management is largely distrusted by studio employees.
Crytek UK has contributed to the multiplayer elements of Crysis 2 and 3, as well as helping out on Xbox One launch title Ryse: Son of Rome. It is currently working on Homefront: The Revolution, which is expected to launch in 2015 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Such troubling news naturally casts doubts over whether or not the game will actually make its proposed release date — or even finish production at all.
The previous Homefront was developed by Kaos Studios and published by THQ. THQ commissioned Crytek UK to work on the sequel when Koas folded, but after the collapse of the veteran publisher the IP was purchased by Deep Silver.