Creative Assembly Sofia

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Creative Assembly Sofia
Native name
Криейтив Асембли София
Krieĭtiv Asembli Sofiya
Formerly called
  • Black Sea Studios Ltd.[a] (2001–2008)
  • Crytek Black Sea Ltd.[b] (2008–2017)
Industry Video game industry
Founded 7 May 2001; 16 years ago (2001-05-07)
Founder Vesselin Handjiev
Headquarters Sofia, Bulgaria
Number of employees
60 (2017)
Former Black Sea Studios logo
Former Crytek Black Sea logo

Creative Assembly Sofia[c] (formerly Black Sea Studios Ltd.[a] and later Crytek Black Sea Ltd.[b]) is a Bulgarian video game developer based in Sofia. The company was established by Vesselin Handjiev as Black Sea Studios in 2001. The company is best known for its 2004 title Knights of Honor, a historical real-time strategy game released for Microsoft Windows, and for the 2008 science fiction real-time strategy title WorldShift.

In July 2008, German developer and publisher Crytek announced their acquisition of the studio, and renamed it Crytek Black Sea.[1] In May 2014, Crytek announced the development of their own multiplayer online battle arena game using the CryEngine, titled Arena of Fate and under development at the Sofia studio. The game was shown at E3 2014.[2]

In November 2016, the founder and Director of the studio Vesselin Handjiev left and a month later announced the formation of a new game company, Black Sea Games.[3]

In December 2016, Crytek announced that it would shut down five of its international studios, due to financial troubles, of which Crytek Black Sea was put up for sale.[4][5] In March 2017, it was announced that the studio was acquired by British developer Creative Assembly (itself owned by Sega), and was renamed Creative Assembly Sofia.[6]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
As Black Sea Studios
2004 Knights of Honor Microsoft Windows
2008 WorldShift
As Crytek Black Sea
TBA Arena of Fate Microsoft Windows


  1. ^ a b Bulgarian: Блек Сий Студиос ЕООД, translit. Blek Siĭ Studios EOOD
  2. ^ a b Bulgarian: Крайтек Блек Сий ЕООД, translit. Kraĭtek Blek Siĭ EOOD
  3. ^ Bulgarian: Криейтив Асембли София, translit. Krieĭtiv Asembli Sofiya


  1. ^ Lee, James (22 July 2008). "Crytek acquires Black Sea Studios". Gamer Network. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Karmali, Luke (22 May 2014). "Crytek Announces Arena of Fate For PC and Consoles". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Dring, Christopher (24 December 2016). "Crytek Sofia developers re-form Black Sea Games". Gamer Network. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Dayus, Oscar (20 December 2016). "Crytek Shuts Down Five Studios Amid Financial Difficulties". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Caldwell, Brendan (20 December 2016). "Crytek closes five studios after reportedly failing to pay workers". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  6. ^ Donnelly, Joe (7 March 2017). "Creative Assembly acquires Arena of Fate developer Crytek Black Sea". PC Gamer. Future US. Retrieved 12 March 2017.