Ryse 2 has been canned according to a report by Kotaku with the reason being put down to a conflict between developer Crytek and Xbox One owner Microsoft as to who would own the rights to the franchise with a pre-production deal for Ryse 2 on the cards, but the terms between the two companies proved a sticking point.
Microsoft was offering to fund Ryse 2’s development in exchange for ownership of the intellectual property, Crytek didn’t want to hand over their new IP in exchange for the funding so both companies decided to not pursue the development of the sequel.
Eurogamer today heard from people close to Crytek Shanghai regarding Crytek’s recent financial troubles which has already hit Homefront developer, Crytek UK. The Shanghai office is responsible for the free-to-play games, offers CryEngine tech support and operates Warface in China. The studio has around 30 employees but 10 have left due to the financial problems.
People close to the company that spoke with Eurogamer gave their views on why Crytek was currently in trouble as “it had expanded too fast and in the wrong areas.”
G-Face, a sort of Facebook meets Steam web-based games-as-service platform, hasn’t worked out.
Crytek signed a deal with China’s biggest online publisher, Tencent, to operate Warface in China, but it has flopped everywhere except Russia.
Attempts to break into the free-to-play market have largely failed. Free-to-play strategy card game The Collectables has been downloaded over half a million times but does not generate significant revenue, one source said.
Its CryEngine is also suffering, apparently, in the face of the success of Unity and Epic’s Unreal Engine.
Will Crytek get through these financial problems and come out a stronger company? Only time will tell.