Crysis developer Crytek has been late in paying its staff, and there has been an exodus of employees for several months, according to published reports. However, Crytek says the reports are untrue.
Kotaku reported that employees claim they’re working in an unstable environment, with several high-level staff members leaving their studios in Germany and the UK. One employee estimates more than 100 people have left Crytek over the past three months.
The story first came to light after German magazine GameStar reported financial troubles at Crytek, with anonymous sources claiming projects like Ryse: Son of Rome for the Xbox One were a “disaster” for the developer.
Employees also claimed they'd been paid late, sometimes by several months. However, upper management has assured the staff that there will be a fresh infusion of cash soon that should right the ship. Employees are also reportedly concerned that the studio is moving away from triple-A titles like Crysis, and is self-publishing free-to-play titles like Arena of Fate and the recently released Warface.
Crytek is developing Homefront: The Revolution, a sequel to Homefront, released by THQ in 2011. Deep Silver will publish it.
Crytek told Eurogamer, “Regardless of what some media are reporting, mostly based on a recent article published by GameStar, the information in those reports and in the GameStar article itself are rumors which Crytek deny.” Kotaku says they have not received a response from Crytek on their reporting.
IGN has reached out to Crytek for comment.
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