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Mysterious licensing deal has saved Crytek

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Crytek used to be one of the major development houses in and around the industry a couple of years ago. The studio delivered what I consider their last great game, the very first Crysis, nearly eight years ago, with subsequent sequels never really impressing. Last year, the once illustrious studio faced serious financial woes, but a new licensing deal could be the break they’ve been looking for.

Crytek is, at the very least, back above water. This is thanks to the biggest licensing deal the studio has ever secured, and one which Crytek co-founder Faruk Yerli described as “huge”. Right now they’re not willing to divulge exactly who the deal is with, but Crytek’s PR department don’t want to understate the important of it.

“A lot of people are under the impression we had to find a new investor or something, but that wasn’t the case. We made a licensing deal.”

So who has Crytek, now being more of a publisher than developer, made a deal with? The obvious guess would be either Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo, with the publisher possibly signing some sort of exclusivity agreement for any future published titles. There’s a little bit of bad blood between them and Microsoft following the underwhelming performance of Ryse: Son of Rome, so has Sony maybe taken the opportunity?

Or maybe it’s not console manufacturers at all, but rather a licensing deal for the adaption of a brand new IP. Crytek is in dire need of something to differentiate themselves again, so a deal to adapt a popular work of written fiction could also be on the table. An adaption of what though? Your guess is as good as mine.

The publisher is expected to reveal details about their new licensing partner soon, so we won’t have to wait long at all. It better be as big as Crytek is making it sound though – people already don’t look at Crytek the same as they used to.

Last Updated: March 17, 2015


  1. Old Chris Roberts poached a fair number of Crytek engineers & formed a new studio in Frankfurt during all their issues.


    • RustedFaith

      March 17, 2015 at 09:43

      Yup wouldnt be surprised if its Cloud Imporium. CI pretty much added all the features of the last year or so to the Cryengine. Think at this moment they probably know the Cryengine better than Crytek.


      • Spathi

        March 17, 2015 at 10:44

        Are you part of an organisation?

        The updates are so fricken large and my slow internet doesn’t help. I’m going to wait for AC 2.0 and for Star Citizen to be a bit more complete and focussed before updating again.


  2. Pieter Kruger

    March 17, 2015 at 09:12

    It’s Sony, now Sony just needs an investor to allow them to pay Crytek…..????


    • Lord Chaos

      March 17, 2015 at 09:39

      Pretty much what I wanted to say. Sony will need money before they can get into any agreements.


  3. Ottokie

    March 17, 2015 at 09:30

    If Crytek just focused a little more they could have been what COD is now. ( Shooter focused FPS)


    • Lord Chaos

      March 17, 2015 at 09:41

      Crytek – Doesn’t matter if you have the personality of a rock, as long as you’re pretty.


      • Ottokie

        March 17, 2015 at 09:45

        So true… damn seeing that eye candy Crysis back in the day was mindbogglingly


    • Pieter Kruger

      March 17, 2015 at 09:44

      Hated Crysis multiplayer!
      1. Cloak
      2. Kill someone
      3. Immediately get killed yourself
      4. Repeat


      • Ottokie

        March 17, 2015 at 09:47

        Low cloak timers and maybe being able to see when they move to much in cloaking would fix that. But still I can agree with those issues it would have.


      • RustedFaith

        March 17, 2015 at 09:48

        Yeh Crytek had a 1 hit wonder with Crysis 1. They cant make games to save their lives but 1 thing they are good at is creating the most advanced gaming engine to date.


        • Axon1988

          March 17, 2015 at 10:13

          Maybe not the most advanced, but the most graphically focused,


          • RustedFaith

            March 17, 2015 at 12:07

            Yup most advanced even after 5 years. The only engine more advanced than the Cryengine is the ID Tech 6 engine that does Voxel based ray casting with custom algorithms from Carmack himself to make it possible.

            Frostbite does big maps better and handle draw calls easyer thats it. And Unreal engine 4 is DirectX 12 compatible but hardly anything new in there.

            I suggest reading up on what the Cryengine can actually do after Cloud Emporium got their hands on it and then Crytek implemented it in the main engine that they licence out. Cloud Emporium already added mantle and linux support to the engine as well. But there is specific technology IE being able to walk around in a ship while someone else flies.

            If I am wrong please feel free to prove it

          • Axon1988

            March 17, 2015 at 12:12

            Schooled I am. 🙂 Thanks for clearing that out, now I know.

      • Hammersteyn

        March 17, 2015 at 11:30

        So it’s COD minus cloaking?


        • R1ker

          March 17, 2015 at 12:33

          basically yes


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