|Industry||Video game industry
|Founder(s)||Cevat, Avni Yerli, Faruk Yerli|
|Key people||Cevat Yerli
CryEngine (4th Generation)
Ryse: Son of Rome
|Subsidiaries||Crytek Black Sea
Crytek South Korea
Crytek is a German video game company, founded in 1999 by brothers Cevat, Avni, and Faruk Yerli, that is headquartered in Frankfurt. Crytek has eight other studios, in Kiev, Budapest, Nottingham, Sofia, Seoul, Shanghai, Istanbul and Austin.
The company is best known for developing Far Cry and the Crysis series, the open world nature of their games which showcase the company's CryEngine, and for pushing the limits on PC specifications to showcase the most modern graphics and gameplay. Their most recent major product is Ryse: Son of Rome and its supporting CryEngine 4th Generation. Crytek has partnerships with Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Microsoft Studios, NVIDIA, Intel, AMD, FMOD, Scaleform, Xoreax Software, Sparkasse Coburg, Cloud Imperium Games, and Rating Services.
Crytek was founded by the Yerli brothers in 1999 in Coburg, Germany. Crytek first attracted publicity at the 2000 ECTS with their tech demo at the NVIDIA booth. For several years thereafter, they released numerous demos of a game called X-Isle, which ultimately evolved into Far Cry. On May 2, 2002, Crytek announced the game engine CryEngine. In 2003, Crytek attended the Game Developers Conference, where they showcased their new engine and its technology. "We've got awesome demonstrations planned which will showcase the very latest CryEngine technology, including Tools (CryEDIT, Exporters), Visuals (Polybump, Lighting & Shadows), Audio (Dynamic Music with full Dolby Digital 5.1 support), A.I. (Easy to Script) and Physics (Rope, Rag Doll, Liquid) plus the uniquely [sic] rendering power of the CryEngine."
Also in 2003, Crytek was at ECTS again, where Far Cry was awarded "Best PC Game". In the same month, Crytek modified CryEngine to be optimized for AMD64. In February 2004, German police carried out a morning raid on Crytek offices, acting on an ex-intern's claim that Crytek was using software illegally. The police investigated for more software copies than licenses purchased. That same month, Crytek and Electronic Arts announced a strategic partnership. In December 2004, Crytek and ATI created a special cinematic machinima to demonstrate the future of PC gaming.
On January 23, 2006, Crytek announced the development of Crysis, promising that it would be an original first person shooter with a new kind of gameplay challenge requiring "adaptive tactics". The game later won several Best PC Game awards from E3 and Games Convention. In April 2006, Crytek moved to new offices in Frankfurt. The first public demonstration of Crytek's CryEngine 2 was on January 23, 2007, one year after Crysis was announced. It has been licensed by many companies such as Avatar Reality, WeMade Entertainment, Entropia Universe, XLGames, Reloaded Studios, 1st Educational Institution, and Games Academy GmbH. On September 12, 2008, an expansion of Crysis entitled Crysis Warhead was released as a PC-exclusive game.
On May 11, 2007, Crytek announced that their satellite studio in Kyiv, Ukraine, had been upgraded to a full development studio, giving the company its second development studio. The second studio is currently working on a game based on Crytek's new intellectual property. About a week after the upgrade of the Kyiv studio, Crytek announced a new studio in Budapest, Hungary. Like the Kiev studio, the Budapest studio focused heavily on development with the CryEngine 2.
On July 14, 2008, Crytek bought Black Sea Studios and renamed it to Crytek Black Sea. On November 17, 2008, Crytek opened an office in South Korea named Crytek, Ltd. The office is headed by Young Mok Park and focused on CryEngine 2 licensing to Korean clients. On February 3, 2009, Crytek purchased Free Radical Design, a British video game company known for the TimeSplitters series, and renamed the company to Crytek UK. On January 17, 2013, Crytek officially opened an office in Istanbul. It is headed by Serhat Bekdemir, and will focus on Crytek’s Warface and GFACE brands, as well as supporting the growth of Crytek’s free-to-play business. On January 28, 2013, Crytek opened a new studio in Austin, Texas, Crytek USA, consisting primarily of former Vigil Games employees. The studio is led by David L. Adams, one of the co-founders of Vigil.
CryEngine 3 and Crysis 2
On March 11, 2009, Crytek announced on the company's website that it would introduce CryEngine 3 at the 2009 Game Developers Conference, from March 25–27. This new engine was developed for use on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PCs. On October 14, 2009, the CryEngine 3 engine became available in trade flow for game developers. On March 3, 2010, CryEngine 3 was made compatible with stereoscopic 3D technology. On March 22, 2011, Crytek released Crysis 2, a direct sequel to the original game, in North America. The game was subsequently released in Europe on March 24, and in Australia on March 25.
At E3 2011, Crytek exhibited several new projects, including the action game Ryse. On September 20, 2011, THQ and Crytek announced a partnership in which Homefront 2 will be developed by Crytek UK using the latest CryEngine technology. After THQ filed for bankruptcy, Crytek acquired the Homefront franchise from THQ entirely on January 22, 2013. On February 2012, Crytek announced a new cloud based social gaming network called GFACE. On April 13, 2012, Crytek released the CryEngine 3.4 SDK which brought full DirectX 11 support to the CryEngine SDK. Crytek also released Crysis 3 in February 2013.
- Crytek Black Sea in Sofia, Bulgaria, founded in 2001 as Black Sea Studios, acquired and renamed by Crytek in 2008.
- Crytek Budapest in Budapest, Hungary, founded in 2007.
- Crytek Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey, founded in 2012.
- Crytek Shanghai in Shanghai, China, founded in 2012.
- Crytek Seoul in Seoul, South Korea, founded in 2010.
- Crytek UK in Nottingham, England, founded as Free Radical Design in 1998, acquired and renamed by Crytek in 2009.
- Crytek USA in Austin, United States, founded in 2013.
- Crytek Ukraine in Kiev, Ukraine, founded in 2006.
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