Crytek has been providing a plethora of game news lately, what with the mass amount of staff leaving for potentially greener pastures, some of their remaining staff not being paid at all, and more recently, the sale of the Homefront I.P. to Deep Silver. However, on a good note, the former Xbox One exclusive Ryse: Son of Rome was recently confirmed to be headed to PC, and at a stunning 4k resolution no less, so that’s something, right?
Earlier this year a possible sequel to Ryse: Son of Rome was thought to be cancelled, but Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli was quoted in an interview with Eurogamer stating that they’re just waiting for a higher install base on the current-gen platforms. Apparently they’re not all too happy about the current Xbox One console sales as well.
“We are not 100 percent happy with Xbox One sales right now. So we want to wait till the current-gen and next-gen catches up. For Ryse 2, we aren’t saying it’s cancelled. It’s our IP. It just has to wait for the right timing. And the right timing means higher installed base across next-gen.” -Crytek CEO, Cevat Yerli
With the Playstation 4 in a commanding lead so far, could Ryse 2 do what so many Crytek employees did and head for greener pastures? According to Yerli, “We can do whatever we want with it with whoever we want.”
Crytek seems to be hard at work to right the once sinking ship, and one might think they’d revisit their flagship Crysis series, but when asked if Crysis 4 was in development, Yerli said “Don’t know. Just saying, no comment. We’re just focusing. That’s what I’m saying.” That focus of course being their list of current projects, which include the free-to-play FPS Warface, the upcoming fantasy MOBA Arena of Fate, another free-to-play title Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age, and the previously mentioned PC port of Ryse: Son of Rome.
With Crytek seemingly more focused, are they on the right track? They seem to be entering a lot of markets that favor microtransactions, which is a stray for the developer, but could financially be a smart business move.
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