A few years back, a new name exploded onto the FPS (First Person Shooter) scene from out of nowhere. Crytek, a little known German company, launched its first game, Far Cry, to great success and is now working on another called Crysis. The games developed by Crytek are best known for their very realistic landscapes and jungles, and, from the look of it, Crysis will be no exception. So, what’s on the mind of the President of Crytek? Shooting guns and relocating his company.
N’Gai Croal, a columnist for Newsweek, spent some time with a group from Electronic Arts and Crytek President Cevat Yerli at The Gun Store, a gun shop and shooting range in Las Vegas. During the outing, Croal asked Yerli if he gets away to shoot guns in Germany, to which he replied, “Impossible.” There’s been a lot of uproar lately in Germany about violence, so they country has been cracking down. Germany is also considering a ban on violent video games, which is why Yerli is considering moving his company elsewhere.
Crytek isn’t the only German company that makes video games that would be considered violent, so we may be seeing more companies picking up and moving.