Independent German game developer Crytek has expanded its satellite office in Kiev to a full development studio which will be focused on the creation of a new IP.
In a press release that described the move as "the next strategic step in the growth of the company," Crytek Managing Director Faruk Yerli said that the Kiev studio had been recruiting for the past year and a half and had gone through an intensive training period. "In that time, they have made an invaluable contribution to our production in Frankfurt," he said.
The new IP to be developed at Kiev will be based on Crytek's CryENGINE 2, a cutting-edge game engine that has received significant amounts of attention due to its use in the photorealistic environments of Crytek's upcoming FPS, Crysis. "Now that our CryENGINE 2 middleware has reached the point of maturity where it can be used to support both different types and styles of games, and run on multiple platforms, we thought it was the optimum time to begin work on a new project based on our own new and original intellectual property, and elevate the Kiev operation to full studio status," Yerli said.
Crytek, which rapidly rose to prominence on the technical prowess of its 2004 FPS Far Cry, has released no other details regarding the new IP. Crysis, a sci-fi FPS, is due to be released sometime in 2007.