Rumor: Crytek UK Staff Not Working, Homefront in Question
Rumors have been swirling about the financial issues at Crytek, but today’s may be the most damning yet.
Sources inside Crytek UK have told Kotaku that the vasyt majority of employees at the studio are no longer coming to work. There have been reports that Crytek employees have not been getting paid on time, and despite repeated denials of any financial issues by the developer, Kotaku claims to have spoken to nearly 20 current and former employees, all of whom said paychecks have been late.
The problems have apparently worsened, as Crytek UK staff have reportedly filed formal grievances and stopped coming to work over the missing payments. One source told Kotaku that nearly 100 people have left the studio, at this point, though it’s not clear how many of those were permanent departures.
Crytek UK is currently developing Homefront: The Revolution, the open-world shooter that was announced by Deep Silver at E3 this year. Rumors say that Deep Silver and Crytek are negotiating over what the future holds for the troubled studio, and sources tell Kotaku that the Crytek UK employees are hoping that Deep Silver will buy their studio outright, and allow them to finish the game.
Whatever happens next, if these rumors turn out to be accurate, it could seriously affect the production of Homefront: The Revolution. Whether that takes the form of a delay, a studio shift, or even a cancellation remains to be seen. For now, we’ve reached out to Deep Silver and Crytek for comment on the situation, and will update if we receive any response.