"The transformation was painful. We paid the price"

Crytek boss Cevat Yerli on unpaid wages, Ryse 2 and the future.

Digital FoundryWarface PvP Gameplay Video

An action-packed 15 minutes of gameplay from Warface's competitive modes.

Digital FoundryWarface PvE Co-Op Gameplay Video

Two complete Warface co-op campaigns - 30 minutes of footage.

VideoPre-alpha Warface footage surfaces

First look at Crytek Seoul's shooter.

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It was inevitable, wasn't it? After PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds broke Steam records and Epic saw a huge uptick in players following the launch of a Battle Royale mode for Fortnite, other developers are getting stuck into the hot new video game genre. The latest: Crytek's Warface.

Crytek updates Warface with new maps and gameplay changes

Crytek has issued a major update for the PC version of its free-to-download first-person shooter Warface.

The update includes new maps and a raft of gameplay improvements.

Three new Versus maps are added: the Airbase Team Deathmatch map; the Quarry Capture map; and the Streetwars Team Deathmatch map.

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Crytek comes forward about its recent financial woes

But only after securing additional funding.

Last month reports were emerging that Crysis and Ryse: Son of Rome developer Crytek was in dire straits financially. Various sources came forward about staff being months behind in payments while a proposed deal with Microsoft to secure funding for a Ryse sequel fell through when Crytek remained adamant that it wasn't willing to give up its IP.

Amid financial troubles Crytek launches F2P FPS Warface on Steam

Crytek has launched its free-to-play first-person shooter Warface on Steam amid financial troubles that hit the headlines last week.

Warface, built on Crytek's game engine CryEngine, does well in Russia, but has struggled in other parts of the world. It's considered one of the high-profile bets Crytek made that failed to pay off as part of the company's transition to free-to-play.

Now, Warface has launched on Steam to players in North America, Europe, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand. It's localised in English, French, German, Turkish and Polish.

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Warface open beta now available to all on Xbox 360

Crytek's free-to-play shooter Warface is now available to try on Xbox 360.

Xbox Live Gold members can now download the Warface open beta from the console dashboard, or via the Xbox Marketplace site, Major Nelson announced.

The game's beta originally launched for PC, and then in limited, closed form for Xbox 360 last month. It includes multiple maps, two co-op game modes and daily missions to complete.

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Warface Xbox 360 Edition launches its beta today

Warface Xbox 360 Edition launches its beta today

War has changed... platforms.

The Xbox 360 version of Crytek's free-to-play FPS Warface has launched its beta today.

Previously available on PC, Warface is a class-based competitive shooter. The full version of Warface will launch this spring, and as long as players have an Xbox Live Gold account they can play the game at no extra charge.

You can sign up for the Warface Xbox 360 beta on the game's official site.

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Oh! What a lovely Warface

Crytek's free-to-play shooter has a silly name, but deadly serious ambitions.

"Warface is, as the name says, about war and social. Hence the name War... face." Cevat Yerli almost keeps a straight face - almost. By now, the Turkish-German Crytek boss is aware that something's been lost in translation. The title of his company's new free to-play-shooter has raised a few smirks and eyebrows. Americans hate it. Brits think it's funny. But you can't say it's not memorable - and if you believe Yerli's etymology, it's a statement of intent.

Warface playable first in the UK at Eurogamer Expo

Plus: Crytek hosting a Warface developer session.

The developer sessions schedule for this year's Eurogamer Expo continues to take shape. We still haven't announced all the developers, so there are still gaps on the developer sessions schedule page, but if you ask me those gaps just make the shape it's all taking look even more exotic and attractive.

Warface western release date narrowed down, Crytek reveals console hopes

Warface western release date narrowed down, Crytek reveals console hopes

"We have been talking to console manufacturers," says Yerli.

Warface, the online shooter from Crytek that heralds the beginning of the developer's free-to-play future, has had its western release date narrowed down to this coming winter.

"It depends on how closed beta goes, but we're looking for winter this year," Crytek's Cevat Yerli told Eurogamer in Cologne's Gamescom. "Depending on how closed beta goes it could be December or January, but it'll be winter."

Warface is a free-to-play shooter that's being developer by Crytek's Kiev outfit, and it's already proved popular in other territories. "We have over 3 million registered players in Russia," Yerli said. "In Russia it beat World of Tanks and all those games, which is quite an achievement. In Europe and US we already have 500,000 subscriptions to the closed beta. That's the kind of number you normally get in an open beta, not a closed one."

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Digital FoundryDigital Foundry vs. Warface

Crytek promises AAA production values in free-to-play games. We take a look at its first offering.

One of the biggest shocks of the year is Crytek's announcement that it is to shift development away from traditional AAA retail games, instead embracing the emerging free-to-play market.

Rift dev Trion and Crytek confirm plans to bring F2P FPS Warface to the West

Rift developer Trion Worlds and Crysis developer Crytek have confirmed plans to release free-to-play online FPS Warface in the West.

The game will launch in the US, Europe, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand on the PC through Crytek's GFACE platform and Trion's online platform, codenamed Red Door.

Crytek boss Cevat Yerli said: "Trion is the company spearheading a revolution in gaming through delivering premium online games across big genres powered by a proven, cutting edge platform.

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Crytek unveils GFACE social gaming platform

Crytek unveils GFACE social gaming platform

Freemium-only service now in closed beta.

Crysis developer Crytek has unveiled a new online social gaming platform called GFACE.

The service is currently in closed beta, with no firm release date set.

According to its website, it'll offer both casual and core free-to-play games. No specific titles have been confirmed, although Crytek's forthcoming online shooter Warface can be seen in some of the screenshots.

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Crytek unveils new FPS Warface

Crytek unveils new FPS Warface

From Crytek Seoul.

UPDATE: Eurogamer has just received the official press release on Warface.

Warface, co-developed by Crytek Seoul, is a free-to-play PC-exclusive military shooter set in the near future. It offers a "cinematic experience with next gen visuals, AI and physics".

It is indeed based on CryENGINE 3. There's a "constantly updated extensive" player versus environment universe, with multiplayer and co-op missions. There's a full set of class-based player versus player, too.

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