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NaitoSan
02-03-09, 06:56 PM
Timesplitters and Haze developer Free Radical Design has found financial sanctuary in German developer Crytek, who is reported to have purchased the struggling Nottingham, UK dev for an undisclosed amount.

According to 1UP, Free Radical scriptwriter Rob Yescombe confirmed the purchase of Free Radical by the developers of Far Cry and Crysis, saying that the decade-old company "is now out of the woods."

http://kotaku.com/5145829/crytek-buys-free-radical

Original article: http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3172598

Wow.

|MaguS|
02-03-09, 07:18 PM
And this my friends is how Crytek gets its hands in consoles. Remember the rumors that Crytek was hiring PS3 Devs... this helps them in that aspect.

Noriega
02-03-09, 07:24 PM
And this my friends is how Crytek gets its hands in consoles. Remember the rumors that Crytek was hiring PS3 Devs... this helps them in that aspect.

I'm glad you feel better now

Mr. Hunt
02-03-09, 07:45 PM
Freaking awesome... a timesplitters game with the cryengine now please ;).

|MaguS|
02-03-09, 07:51 PM
Freaking awesome... a timesplitters game with the cryengine now please ;).

Oh god I hope not. Timesplitters need to be very fast paced and offer tons of enemies on screen at once... Cryengine would kill the franchise faster then Haze killed Free Radical.

NarcissistZero
02-03-09, 08:49 PM
Yeah, as Magus said if this is true I bet Free Radical will basically be the console port specialists of Crytek, and also probably be able to release a game of their own here and there, Timesplitters 4 being first I am sure.

I wonder if TS4 will come to PC because of this move?

I wonder if there is any way in hell they will bother porting Haze to PC?

dikinher
02-03-09, 09:23 PM
Sounds good and smart to me. Crysis develops the PC version of whatever game, while Free Radical ports them. I hope so, at least.

crainger
02-03-09, 11:21 PM
Those tech demos of Crysis running flawlessly on a PS3 might actually mean more now.

Destroy
02-04-09, 12:18 AM
Looking forward to Warhead on PSP.

crainger
02-04-09, 03:52 AM
Now ur talkin destroi!

tornadog
02-04-09, 11:32 AM
Frankly Haze was not a bad game. It was better than 70% of the shooters that come out each year. It was definitely worth the 5/10 bucks it was selling for online.

NarcissistZero
02-04-09, 12:31 PM
Frankly Haze was not a bad game. It was better than 70% of the shooters that come out each year. It was definitely worth the 5/10 bucks it was selling for online.

I actually agree, I played it all the way through and enjoyed myself. It's main problems were graphics and lack of polish, both of which could be repaired somewhat in a PC port.

Unfortunately the game is so badly regarded and known as a total flop, they won't think anyone would buy the thing on PC.

NaitoSan
02-04-09, 11:27 PM
Look, it's great for the staff at Time Splitters developer Free Radical that the studio found a buyer. Nobody likes to be out of a job. But did they need a name change?

A condition of the purchase is that, as they are assimilated into Crytek's (the studio's buyers) European mainframe, Free Radical will no longer be known as Free Radical. They'll be known as Crytek UK.

Sure, it's naught but a name change. It'll still be made up of the same guys, and - provided they don't go and do something stupid like pitch Haze 2 - they'll probably come up with some excellent, excellent games.

But as has happened before with Westwood (EA), Psygnosis (SCE Liverpool) and Origin (EA, again), as soon as the developers are brought into a larger fold and lose that name, that identity, we lose a little something as well. A little of that recognition, a little of that intangible continuity that gives certain developers a certain pedigree.

Ah well! Now that's out of our system, it could be worse. We could have lost the whole damn studio, and that just wouldn't have been good for anyone.

http://kotaku.com/5146707/rip-free-radical-as-developers-get-a-name-change

NarcissistZero
02-05-09, 05:14 AM
So they got rid of most of the employees, renamed the company to a subdivision of Crytek, and the company will almost surely concentrate on console ports of Crytek games.

Good for Crytek, bad for Free Radical? Who knows.

I bet if Crytek makes a statement about FR allowing them to bring their games to consoles, suddenly console gamers will start wanting Crysis, rather than bashing it.

jcrox
02-05-09, 07:49 AM
How did they manage to pull this off? I thought they were broke because of the pirates :rolleyes:

TheANIMAL
02-05-09, 08:20 AM
How did they manage to pull this off? I thought they were broke because of the pirates :rolleyes:

:p Thats the way to play the business.

Logical
02-05-09, 08:48 AM
Awesome news..now i might get to play Crysis on my uber powerfull Sega Genesis console....


OOO eeer...hmmmmm