Warface team splits from Crytek to form indie studio


The Warface development team is splitting from Crytek to reform as an independent studio called Blackwood Games.

Announcing the news in a blog post, Warface’s developers said: “[The] Warface development team, led by the studio’s Creative Director Michael Khaimzon, is forming its own independent development company, Blackwood Games. Blackwood will take over all further development of Warface franchise, including all previously announced updates.” Crytek CEO Avni Yerli added: “The development team of Warface has always inspired us. To go independent in order to enable a closer partnership with the game’s publisher is a strategic move, which we all agree is best for the future of the game. At the same time, this reorganization will allow us to focus on our own core IPs and long-term plans.”

Michael Khaimzon, Blackwood’s new studio head, offered some further insight: “It was a tough decision to leave Crytek after all these years, but sometimes you need change to evolve. It’s very important for us to focus on developing Warface in a way that lives up to players’ expectations. We have kept the development team intact, and their expertise will allow us to move forward with our plans and ideas. Yet we’re very thankful to Crytek for all the great years together and for their commendable support of this move.”

It was recently announced that Warface has passed the 5 million-player mark on consoles. As an independent developer (still supported by publisher my.com) Blackwood will be able to concentrate on progressing the game via regular updates. For further information, keep an eye on its website.

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