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Crytek In Trouble, Could Be Bad News For Homefront On Linux
Posted , 6 July 2014 at 12:18 pm UTC / 6207 views
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Lots of reports across the interwebs recently are about Crytek the creators of CRYENGINE being in financial trouble. They are the developers bringing the new Homefront: The Revolution FPS game to Linux.

I held off writing about this previously as it seemed a bit iffy with rumours coming in about Crytek being in some sort of trouble, but now there are reports of Crytek's UK based office having workers not being payed for some-time and now around 100 staff members walking out of work and not coming back. This is very sad news and I cannot think of any other reason for staff not getting paid other than Crytek really being in trouble.

We really need Crytek to stay in the game as they are an important engine for developers looking to support Linux in future. Not to mention we don't want everything to fall on Unity (oh god no) and Unreal Engine, as the more competition in the market the better all the game engines will be as they face off against each other.

Crytek of course put out a statement denying they are in any kind of trouble, but for them to repeatedly not pay or be late paying employees and for nearly an entire office to walk out based on pay then something's up. Considering the UK studio is the one responsible for the new Homefront this is worrying indeed.

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abelthorne commented on 6 July 2014 at 12:25 pm UTC

Well, Crytek (the main company) has had difficulties these last years with games selling far less than expected (Crysis 2, Ryse...) and buying a lot of other dev studios. So it's not really a big surprise.
There are rumours about Deep Silver buying Crytek UK (and probably completing the development of Homefront 2).

Well, Crytek (the main company) has had difficulties these last years with games selling far less than expected (Crysis 2, Ryse...) and buying a lot of other dev studios. So it's not really a big surprise. There are rumours about Deep Silver buying Crytek UK (and probably completing the development of Homefront 2).
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FutureSuture commented on 6 July 2014 at 1:20 pm UTC
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abelthorneThere are rumours about Deep Silver buying Crytek UK (and probably completing the development of Homefront 2).
Although I am hoping that Crytek UK stays with Crytek, Deep Silver has proven to be quite Linux friendly, so Linux support will surely continue for Homefront: The Revolution.

[quote=abelthorne]There are rumours about Deep Silver buying Crytek UK (and probably completing the development of Homefront 2).[/quote]Although I am hoping that Crytek UK stays with Crytek, Deep Silver has proven to be quite Linux friendly, so Linux support will surely continue for Homefront: The Revolution.
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STiAT commented on 6 July 2014 at 3:57 pm UTC
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abelthorneThere are rumours about Deep Silver buying Crytek UK (and probably completing the development of Homefront 2).
Although I am hoping that Crytek UK stays with Crytek, Deep Silver has proven to be quite Linux friendly, so Linux support will surely continue for Homefront: The Revolution.

The question will be if CryTEC will finish the engine port.

For Crytec itself... well, we'll see about it. They've had a lot of big AAA titles not selling well enough, so I can imagine them in difficulties (those productions cost a few million after all). Though, a company as CryTEC either finds an investor or somebody taking over the company. The question will be how linux-friendly they'd be, because that's still an adventure. But my guess is, that without full platform support, engines won't license in future as well as those supporting all platforms since the game developers often rather take the 1 % more in sales than not, and if the engine is good, the porting efforts are not too high and will still pay off.

[quote=FutureSuture][quote=abelthorne]There are rumours about Deep Silver buying Crytek UK (and probably completing the development of Homefront 2). [/quote]Although I am hoping that Crytek UK stays with Crytek, Deep Silver has proven to be quite Linux friendly, so Linux support will surely continue for Homefront: The Revolution.[/quote] The question will be if CryTEC will finish the engine port. For Crytec itself... well, we'll see about it. They've had a lot of big AAA titles not selling well enough, so I can imagine them in difficulties (those productions cost a few million after all). Though, a company as CryTEC either finds an investor or somebody taking over the company. The question will be how linux-friendly they'd be, because that's still an adventure. But my guess is, that without full platform support, engines won't license in future as well as those supporting all platforms since the game developers often rather take the 1 % more in sales than not, and if the engine is good, the porting efforts are not too high and will still pay off.
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DerRidda commented on 6 July 2014 at 4:25 pm UTC

Even if they do finish it and release it for Linux, letting that many people go in the middle of development can seriously hurt the quality of the game.

I was really positively surprised by what they showed at E3, I don't want to be negatively surprised once it's actually out.

Even if they do finish it and release it for Linux, letting that many people go in the middle of development can seriously hurt the quality of the game. I was really positively surprised by what they showed at E3, I don't want to be negatively surprised once it's actually out.
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Cestarian commented on 6 July 2014 at 4:42 pm UTC

abelthorneWell, Crytek (the main company) has had difficulties these last years with games selling far less than expected (Crysis 2, Ryse...) and buying a lot of other dev studios. So it's not really a big surprise.
There are rumours about Deep Silver buying Crytek UK (and probably completing the development of Homefront 2).

Naturally, Crysis 2 and Ryse were bad games. Smart people don't buy bad games for the price those are sold at, besides Ryse was an Xbox One exclusive if I recall correctly, and again, smart people would not buy Xbox One with PS4 being both cheaper and better and more user friendly in every way (unless they are Xbox fanboys, in which case I won't judge)

As such, Crytek alienated any intelligent playerbase they could have had with the release of Crysis 2, a lot of people bummed out to buy Crysis 2 because the first Crysis was totally awesome, only to find that Crysis 2 completely broke the cool story the original game had, had extremely linear and boring gameplay compared to the first game.

Being bought by Deep Silver would be the best thing that ever happened in Crytek's history, as Deep Silver have been quite cool so far (publishing games like Metro and Saints Row, they're a no bullshit company, a publisher not yet tainted like Ubisoft and EA Games have been, also from what I gathered they treat their developers with respect and understanding which is rare for publishers)

Either way, on linux or not on linux, I am not going to buy Homefront, this game sucks, I can smell it in the title, I can see it in the trailers.

[quote=abelthorne]Well, Crytek (the main company) has had difficulties these last years with games selling far less than expected (Crysis 2, Ryse...) and buying a lot of other dev studios. So it's not really a big surprise. There are rumours about Deep Silver buying Crytek UK (and probably completing the development of Homefront 2).[/quote] Naturally, Crysis 2 and Ryse were bad games. Smart people don't buy bad games for the price those are sold at, besides Ryse was an Xbox One exclusive if I recall correctly, and again, smart people would not buy Xbox One with PS4 being both cheaper and better and more user friendly in every way (unless they are Xbox fanboys, in which case I won't judge) As such, Crytek alienated any intelligent playerbase they could have had with the release of Crysis 2, a lot of people bummed out to buy Crysis 2 because the first Crysis was totally awesome, only to find that Crysis 2 completely broke the cool story the original game had, had extremely linear and boring gameplay compared to the first game. Being bought by Deep Silver would be the best thing that ever happened in Crytek's history, as Deep Silver have been quite cool so far (publishing games like Metro and Saints Row, they're a no bullshit company, a publisher not yet tainted like Ubisoft and EA Games have been, also from what I gathered they treat their developers with respect and understanding which is rare for publishers) Either way, on linux or not on linux, I am not going to buy Homefront, this game sucks, I can smell it in the title, I can see it in the trailers.
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BillNyeTheBlackGuy commented on 6 July 2014 at 4:47 pm UTC

Cestarian
abelthorneWell, Crytek (the main company) has had difficulties these last years with games selling far less than expected (Crysis 2, Ryse...) and buying a lot of other dev studios. So it's not really a big surprise.
There are rumours about Deep Silver buying Crytek UK (and probably completing the development of Homefront 2).
Naturally, Crysis 2 and Ryse were bad games.

I beg to differ. I thought Crysis 2 was an excellent game and one of the best FPS of the year it came out, but it was no surprised that it sold less than Crysis 1.

And I find it strange that you "know" a game is going to suck when you haven't even played it yet.

[quote=Cestarian][quote=abelthorne]Well, Crytek (the main company) has had difficulties these last years with games selling far less than expected (Crysis 2, Ryse...) and buying a lot of other dev studios. So it's not really a big surprise. There are rumours about Deep Silver buying Crytek UK (and probably completing the development of Homefront 2). [/quote] Naturally, Crysis 2 and Ryse were bad games.[/quote] I beg to differ. I thought Crysis 2 was an excellent game and one of the best FPS of the year it came out, but it was no surprised that it sold less than Crysis 1. And I find it strange that you "know" a game is going to suck when you haven't even played it yet.
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scaine commented on 6 July 2014 at 5:09 pm UTC

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abelthorneWell, Crytek (the main company) has had difficulties these last years with games selling far less than expected (Crysis 2, Ryse...) and buying a lot of other dev studios. So it's not really a big surprise.
There are rumours about Deep Silver buying Crytek UK (and probably completing the development of Homefront 2).
Naturally, Crysis 2 and Ryse were bad games.
I beg to differ. I thought Crysis 2 was an excellent game and one of the best FPS of the year it came out, but it was no surprised that it sold less than Crysis 1.

And I find it strange that you "know" a game is going to suck when you haven't even played it yet.

Yep, I'm glad someone else is sticking up for Crysis 2. It improved on Crysis 1 in every possible way - better engine, graphics, better (if still silly) plot, fantastic set pieces, stealth that worked. It was superb.

It wasn't quite as long. Or perhaps it was a similar length, but I was more familiar with the tactics - I finished Crysis 2 in 10.5 hours, while the original took me 12. Similar to Metro:LL.

I wonder how this affects Star Citizen? Will they still be able to offer Linux support if Crytek fold?

[quote=BillNyeTheBlackGuy][quote=Cestarian][quote=abelthorne]Well, Crytek (the main company) has had difficulties these last years with games selling far less than expected (Crysis 2, Ryse...) and buying a lot of other dev studios. So it's not really a big surprise. There are rumours about Deep Silver buying Crytek UK (and probably completing the development of Homefront 2). [/quote]Naturally, Crysis 2 and Ryse were bad games. [/quote] I beg to differ. I thought Crysis 2 was an excellent game and one of the best FPS of the year it came out, but it was no surprised that it sold less than Crysis 1. And I find it strange that you "know" a game is going to suck when you haven't even played it yet.[/quote] Yep, I'm glad someone else is sticking up for Crysis 2. It improved on Crysis 1 in every possible way - better engine, graphics, better (if still silly) plot, fantastic set pieces, stealth that worked. It was superb. It wasn't quite as long. Or perhaps it was a similar length, but I was more familiar with the tactics - I finished Crysis 2 in 10.5 hours, while the original took me 12. Similar to Metro:LL. I wonder how this affects Star Citizen? Will they still be able to offer Linux support if Crytek fold?
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Beamboom commented on 6 July 2014 at 5:41 pm UTC

WTF, Crysis 2 was a bad game? Get outta here. It is my favourite shooter of recent years.
And the multiplayer in that game were awesome.

WTF, Crysis 2 was a bad game? Get outta here. It is my favourite shooter of recent years. And the multiplayer in that game were awesome.
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berillions commented on 6 July 2014 at 6:02 pm UTC

scaineI wonder how this affects Star Citizen? Will they still be able to offer Linux support if Crytek fold?

There will not be problem for Star Citizen and Kingdom Come: Deliverance because the CryEngine is already available for the dev.

[quote=scaine]I wonder how this affects Star Citizen? Will they still be able to offer Linux support if Crytek fold?[/quote] There will not be problem for [b]Star Citizen[/b] and [b]Kingdom Come: Deliverance[/b] because the CryEngine is already available for the dev.
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