Two days ago news hit the wire that Crytek is in a bad financial situation and now Eurogamer writes over 30 employees have left the Nottingham-based studio Crytek UK since development on Homefront began in 2011. This includes key staff from the art, design and programming departments, and even Karl Hilton, the managing director of Crytek UK.
Crytek UK was previously known as Free Radical Design, the game studio was bought by Crytek in 2013 when THQ went bankrupt. Morale is reportedly low at the studio as the staff has been underpaid and there's a general lack of trust in management:
Yesterday Eurogamer reported that Crytek has struggled to pay staff across its network of studios on time and in full in recent months. The news followed the publication of an article by German magazine GameStar that alleged Crytek was nearing bankruptcy, but investment may be on the way. In a statement issued to Eurogamer Crytek denied the report.
According to one Crytek UK source, staff had their suspicions as early as the middle of last year when bonuses were withheld. Now, morale is low, with staff feeling "lost". There is a general lack of trust in management, Eurogamer understands.
Another source at Crytek UK told us staff were each paid £600 one month then £700 the next because of the problems.