Crytek Giving Free Radical A "Future" And A "Chance To Grow"
Things weren't looking good for Haze developer Free Radical late last year, as the company was forced to enter administration in early December. But Crytek became their knight in shining armor and snapped up the team, saving 40 jobs and giving them a new name: Crytek UK.
So of course, you're probably interested to know: what projects are the former Free Radical guys working on? Well, according to DevelopMag, Crytek founder and CEO Cevat Yerli have given them projects the team "has always dreamed to do." It can be a difficult transition when new ownership and management is in charge, but Yerli says if you're worried about how everyone is adapting, go ahead and ask them. Said Yerli:
"If someone has that concern, they should ask the people that are actually there. We have provided the team at Crytek UK a structure and a future that clearly shows improvement. We are working with Free Radical on things that they always dreamed to do. We are providing the team a roadmap and the chance to grow, which is why we were picked as a partner, and not anyone else."
At the time of the acquisition, we saw leaked media for both TimeSplitters 4 and Star Wars Battlefront 3, but there's still no knowing if either represents one of the "dream projects" they're currently working on for Crytek. Yerli wouldn't confirm any of the games in the hopper, but at the very least, we know we'll see something at some point. For our part, we're really hoping for TS4...that franchise just plain rules.
5/5/2009 Ben Dutka