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Piracy forces Crytek to focus more on consoles

Posted on Thursday, May 01 2008 @ 01:02:02 CEST by

Crytek, the developer of Crysis and Far Cry, announced they will focus more on console games because they are disappointed by the sales of Crysis. Crytek president Cevat Yerli says piracy is to blame for the weak sales and says it's the core problem of the PC gaming industry:
"We are going to support PC, but not exclusive anymore," Crytek president Cevat Yerli told PC Play. "Similar games [to Crysis] on consoles sell factors of 4-5 more. It was a big lesson for us and I believe we won't have PC exclusives as we did with Crysis in future."

The studio had previously revealed it was working on at least one console title and a non-FPS game along with the still-underway efforts to bring its CryENGINE 2 technology to consoles.

The Crytek president noted that piracy had significantly hurt the retail performance of Crysis, the company's CryENGINE 2-powered PC-exclusive sci-fi shooter that arrived last fall and went on to sell over a million copies worldwide.

"We are suffering currently from the huge piracy that is encompassing Crysis," he continued. "We seem to lead the charts in piracy by a large margin, a chart leading that is not desirable."
Source: ShackNews



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