Crytek recently released a press release confirming the deal to sell its Crytek Black Sea studio to SEGA Europe, adding the studio to the expanding UK developer Creative Assembly. The growth of Creative Assembly is noteworthy: as GamesIndustry reports Creative Assembly has grown by 37% in the last year, with over 500 employees, the acquisition of Crytek’s Black Sea Studio should be of no surprise. The new team of sixty developers will now be under the label of Creative Assembly Sofia, and in conjunction with Creative Assembly, will be working on the many DLC packages for the Total War: Warhammer series, and anything else Creative Assembly has up its sleeve.
In the press release, Crytek’s managing director Avni Yerli states that “This change is a part of the essential steps we are taking to re-focus on our core competencies and ensure Crytek is a healthy and sustainable business moving forward.”
Crytek Black Sea was created in 2008 after Crytek had purchased Black Sea Studios – known for Knights of Honor. According to IGN, after Crytek had gone through financial issues and closed multiple studios, they put major focus on their Frankfurt and Kiev studios. The company was in such bad shape that there were reports in 2014 that Crytek UK staff stopped coming to work due to not being paid.
With the addition of Creative Assembly Sofia there may be new IP in the works, considering the recent release of Halo Wars 2, and the confirmed development of Total War: Warhammer 2.