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Crytek "might stop" console development if free-to-play support languishes
Posted: 08.02.2013 13:59 by Simon Priest Comments: 2
Continuing in our exclusive chat with Crytek's Cevat Yerli the studio boss says that, while they do have "a few console games in the works" right now, they could transition away from those platforms.

It all comes down to whether or not these platform holders can "house our business models," noted Yerli, referring to the studio's shift toward free-to-play as the future of the company.

Crytek Kiev is currently making Warface, their free-to-play online military shooter exclusive to PC and powered by CryEngine 3. Crytek Seoul and Frankfurt are helping.

The German developer is already in a position to fully support the next generation of console hardware, having been ready about 2 years ago says Yerli, but that will mean little if the likes of Microsoft and Sony don't push for more support of free-to-play models. Warface provides Crytek with their own 'platform' and will become an increasing focus.

"We do have a few console games in the works but at one point in the near future there will be a transition where I think we might stop, and really that depends on whether the console manufacturers can house our business models. If they can we'll be very happy to be there," Cevat Yerli told Strategy Informer.

"Currently they're making strides in the direction of free-to-play. We just believe in a free-to-play future and if the console business takes off with free-to-play then we're going to be there. We are firm believers of the new generations to come, we are supporting them, our technology is already there."

"We said two years ago we're next-gen ready. We're just waiting. We have bets on a lot of things right now but we also have our own platform launching with Warface and that's going to be a major focus for our company going forward."

Warface entered closed beta January 17th, and it could release for Xbox 360 and PS3 in the future. More information about the free-to-play shooter can be found on the official Warface website. One other title currently in development for console and PC would be Homefront 2, which Crytek bid for and won during the THQ auction.

Comments

By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Feb 09, 2013
HenoKutus
looks great!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 09, 2013
herodotus
Please do so. Drop consoles, concentrate on real PC games. If in doubt, refer to the first "Crysis" for inspiration. You should know it guys, you made it.