Posted Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 11:04 AM PDT by Trevor Ruben
Crytek will sell the 'Homefront' IP to Deep Silver, which in turn means development and publishing of the upcoming 'Homefront: The Revolution' has transferred too.
Developers at Crytek Nottingham, the group originally tasked with 'Homefront: Revolution' are shifting into their own division at Deep Silver in the hope, it seems, to mantain development on the game as smoothly as possible. Here's the statement from Crytek:
"On completions of the proposed acquisition, the Homefront team from Crytek's Nottingham studio would transfer their talents to Koch Media in compliance with English law and continue their hard work on the upcoming shooter, 'Homefront: The Revolution.' Both parties hope to finalize and implement a deal soon."
Deep Silver is the game publishing arm of Kock Media, to be clear. With the sale of 'Homefront', you'd think the company could remedy its financial woes as of late. Unfortunately, it seems Crytek's North American arm in Austin, Texas is following Nottingham to the grave.
"The internal restrucuring will also see the development of Crytek IP, 'HUNT: Horrors of the Gilded Age,' transferred from their studio in Austin, USA to Frankfurt. Crytek will retain a rpesence in Austin, with several staff members maintaining the CRYENGINE support team to assist North American licensees. Employees who are not set to be part of that support team will be invited to apply for new positions at Crytek in Germany."
Other than Austin and Nottingham, however, Crytek's development and publishing arms in Budapest, Istanbul, Kieve and Sofia will remain intact, while a closer collaboration between the Shanghai and Seoul studios is under review, according to the release.
Crytek has been strugglying for a few months, reportedly unable to pay employees for extended periods of time. This reshuffling of assets was almost inevitable.
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