Crytek Hoping to Bring Warface to Consoles, Ryse Still Alive
Written Friday, August 17, 2012 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
Crysis developer Crytek is hoping to bring Warface, its gloriously named free-to-play shooter, to consoles.
The game represents the first move in Crytek’s new free-to-play only future and such is the popularity of the game, and the business model, that both Microsoft and Sony are taking notice.
"We have over 3 million registered players in Russia," said Crytek's Cevat Yerli. "In Russia it beat World of Tanks and all those games, which is quite an achievement.
“In Europe and US we already have 500,000 subscriptions to the closed beta. That's the kind of number you normally get in an open beta, not a closed one."
The success of the game so far has sparked hopes that the game may also make it to consoles, continued Yerli.
"We have been talking to console manufacturers, to Sony and Microsoft in particular, about free-to-play games. A couple of years ago they weren't interested in free-to-play games, and they didn't have the right structure there - which is fine because they were busy. But there was no home for Warface on console."
"Now the interest in Warface is quite high, and it could be an option. We haven't made final decisions, but for me if the current gen or any other console embraces free-to-play and can run Warface, then I'm happy for it to be there."
Meanwhile, Yerli was also keen to clear up any confusion surrounding Ryse.
Ryse was announced at E3 in 2010 as a Kinect-powered action game set in Rome, but since then it has fallen quiet, prompting speculation that the title is in trouble.
"The development team shifted,” reassured Yerli, “but for different reasons than people assume.
“People think it's because it didn't work out, but actually it was a studio redirection - we wanted Budapest to focus a bit more on mobile and tablet, and they released Fibble, which was quite an excursion for Crytek.
"With Ryse, the game is moving forward really well - we just can't talk about it."
Beyond that Yerli was non-committal about rumours that Ryse may end up on Microsoft’s next-gen platform.
"I don't know!" responded Yerli when asked. "We're still working with Microsoft, so obviously we can't change platforms. But if you mean within Microsoft - that I can't comment on."