Crytek staff walk amid bankruptcy rumours

While we only just found out about Homefront: The Revolution at E3, it seems the project’s already facing a shaky future. Rumours are swirling that Crytek is nearly bankrupt, developers at the UK studio have not been paid, and now game director Hasit Zala has reportedly walked out.

We’ve heard about the company’s money woes for the past month or two, with sources claiming the company had not been paying staff. The financial trouble has reportedly lead to the cancellation of several titles, including a proposed sequel to Xbox One launch title Ryse: Son of Rome.

Zala is not alone in his departure – more than 100 people had left – or been forced from – their jobs, including Crytek UK development manager Ben Harris and studio head Karl Hilton. The remainder are now staying at home until their salaries are paid-to-date, after filing formal grievance notices.

Crytek continues to make no comment on the matter, beyond its initial statement that suggestions of bankruptcy were “rumours which Crytek deny”.

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