We all know Crysis 3 is due out next spring. What you might not know is that, apparently, the game may be Crytek's last retail title. Afterwards, the company intends to focus on free-to-play games with high production values and a $0 entry price. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli spilled the beans to the folks at Videogamer.com:
"Right now we are in the transitional phase of our company, transitioning from packaged goods games into an entirely free-to-play experience.
"What this entails is that our future, all the new games that we're working on, as well new projects, new platforms and technologies, are designed around free-to-play and online, with the highest quality development."
Yerli isn't kidding about the "highest quality" part. He says Crytek's free-to-play titles will have budgets in the $10-30 million range and will meet the same quality standards as today's console games.
Crytek has actually made its first foray into the free-to-play scene already—but not in North America. Crytek Kiev, the firm's Ukrainian studio, has developed a free-to-play multiplayer shooter called Warface. The game is "currently live in Russia, and is undergoing a closed beta in China," says Videogamer.com.