If you didn't already know, Crytek recently sprang to Free Radical's rescue, picking up the ailing developer who had been forced to close its doors and enter administration late last year. Free Radical's Rob Yescombe has already voiced his relief and now, it's Crytek's turn to talk about their acquisition.
According to what Crytek president and CEO Cevat Yerli told GamesIndustry.biz, this is a big step in the company's push to finally enter the console market. They had been planning on the move, of course, but to have a team like Free Radical under their umbrella ought to speed things along. Said Yerli:
"We always planned to enter the console market and it was part of our strategy even before the acquisition. This step will certainly bring us forward a bit faster to achieve our goal to develop high quality games on consoles."
At the time of Free Radical's demise, they were working on the next installment in the popular and critically acclaimed TimeSplitters franchise, so of course, everyone is wondering if Crytek will now allow that work to continue. Yerli said they were "looking into all possibilities" and they "haven't decided anything yet," but if the creators of Crysis want to team up with Free Radical to produce TimeSplitters 4 , we've got no problem with that. Let's hope such an announcement arrives soon…