Crytek is the hottest topic of the past 24 hours in the gaming industry. After announcing that Ryse will be released on PC later this Fall (you might want to check our comparison of the first PC screenshots versus the Xbox One version), CEO & Owner Cevat Yerli finally talked about the whole situation at Crytek in a very long and interesting interview published by Eurogamer.
Among other things, he talked about the fact that they’re not happy with the current Xbox One sales of Ryse (which is probably why they’re releasing it on PC), adding that Ryse 2 is still a possibility as despite the development issues (partially due to the nature of a launch title) they laid a great foundation for the sequel, which could be released anywhere, including PlayStation 4, as Ryse belongs to Crytek.
As a launch title the trouble comes from the fact that there are – there are NDA-related materials I can’t talk about – but the platform is being built at the same time we are building the game.
So, was it challenging? Definitely Ryse was one of the most challenging I have been involved in. And I have been involved from Far Cry forwards. It was a very tight development and definitely had its troubles. But are looking back at is a proud achievement.
Ryse was maybe not the best rated game, but what we achieved for launch was a great foundation for us to build up. I know there are a lot of gamers who are contacting me through different channels who want to see Ryse 2. There is a lot of positive feedback. We’re considering it.
We have a good relationship with Microsoft. We are constantly looking at what we can do together. We are not 100 per cent happy with Xbox One sales right now. So we want to wait till the current gen and next gen catches up. For Ryse 2, we aren’t saying it’s cancelled. It’s our IP. It just has to wait for the right timing. And the right timing means higher installed base across next-gen.
We can do whatever we want with it with whoever we want.
This begs the question as to why they’re not already doing Ryse on PS4; Deep Silver has confirmed they’re not planning it at the moment. Maybe Microsoft has some sort of agreement preventing the first game of this IP to be released on PlayStation platforms, or maybe Crytek is just waiting for a later date. Stay tuned to know more about Ryse 2, and everything else coming out of Gamescom next week.