Just ahead of Christmas last year Crytek was once again in a whirlwind of trouble as employees were reporting that they hadn’t been paid for months. Crytek released a statement saying that they were restructuring and refocusing and as a result were closing several studios. One of those studios was Bulgaria-based Crytek Black Sea. However it’s not the end for the studio as SEGA has swooped in to save the day.
SEGA and The Creative Assembly has this week announced that they have acquired Crytek Black Sea and will be expanding the studio with the sixty-developer strong Bulgaria-based development team. The team will now be named Creative Assembly Sofia.
This makes The Creative Assembly one of the largest development studios in Europe with a workforce of over 500 staff and has over 70,000 square feet with in-house development facilities including a 45-camera motion-capture studio and dedicated audio suites.
Tim Heaton, Studio Director at Creative Assembly, said;
“Now in our 30th year of games development, with an army of multi-million selling titles to our name and a history of world-renowned partnerships, Creative Assembly is proof of the UK games industry’s potential for global success. Due to this success, we are further expanding our UK base and developing additional projects overseas, whilst pursuing top talent from across the globe to join us, all in support of our commitment to creating high quality, authentic gaming experiences.
Our continued growth allows us to be dynamic with our future projects, constantly seeking new opportunities and reaching a wider audience with our games.”
The Creative Assembly are currently hard at work supporting their latest release, Total War: Warhammer as well as Halo Wars 2. The studio is also working on the free-to-play game Total War: Arena, as well as a mobile gamer Total War Battles: Kingdom.