Rumor: Crytek to lay off some workers at Budapest studio

Crytek, the company behind Crysis 2 and its CryEngine 3 game development software, is rumored to have plans to let go some of its workers at one of its many studios. Gamasutra reports that between 30 and 35 workers at its Budapest studio could be laid off. Officially, Crytek's managing director Avni Yerli would only say that "our Budapest studio is getting a new direction and focus" but did not reveal any specifics nor admit to any actual layoffs.

Gamasutra's story claims that nine team members from the Budapest have already been laid off and that the others will be let go in the "next few weeks". The studio had been working on the Xbox 360 exclusive game Codename Kingdoms. The game was first announced by publisher Microsoft last summer at E3 20101 but aside from a teaser trailer that showed some warriors standing around, little info on the game has been revealed. Gamasutra's story claims that Codename Kingdoms will be a melee action game using the Kinect motion controller camera.

The story also said that development of the game will now be moved from Budapest to Crytek's main headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. It also claims that the Budapest studio will now work on "tablet development" but specifics were not mentioned. Crytek recently released its sci-fi first person shooter sequel Crysis 2 for publisher Electronic Arts. Earlier this week EA said that Crysis 2 had sold about two million units so far. Crytek also recently announced plans to release a free version of its CryEngine 3 game development tools sometime this summer.

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Unfortunately the roumor will be true
I regret those guys, they worked a lot, but crysis 2 graphics is not as good as it could be. Due to some wrong manager decision/card manufacturer interest...

Jack@l said,
Unfortunately the roumor will be true
I regret those guys, they worked a lot, but crysis 2 graphics is not as good as it could be. Due to some wrong manager decision/card manufacturer interest...

You mean consolization?

Billus said,

You mean consolization?

Its not depeds on consoles, pc port run on pc, console port on consoles. Two separate game image/compiled code branch...

alright why does everyone use the windows flag colors in their logos anymore? heck even in the same order too Google did it with chrome, crytek has it in their logo... I know its OT but its just weird, cant anyone come up with any other colors to use?

neufuse said,
alright why does everyone use the windows flag colors in their logos anymore? heck even in the same order too Google did it with chrome, crytek has it in their logo... I know its OT but its just weird, cant anyone come up with any other colors to use?

Well, if you look at them, Red (Magenta for ink), Yellow and Blue are the basic colours that are used to create all the others, that may be the reason. As for the green, they needed a 4th one and it looks good with the others.

Also, I don't think an Orange-Purple-Pink-Brown logo would look good...But again, I'm no designer (just a poor dev), so what do I know...

carson2255 said,
Its time to move back to PC gaming crytek... we need you

Yes, that'll save them more financial hardship and laying off more people, only going back to PC gaming and reducing their fan base to 30% of what it is now they've started making console games.

carson2255 said,
Its time to move back to PC gaming crytek... we need you
But they don't really need us (PC gamers) anymore. Same can be said for thos workers. They just finished a product so now they don't need the workforce.

shakey said,

No time for proof reads! He's late for a very important date.. in 20101


In 20101, war was beginning.