All upcoming Crytek projects will be AAA free to play games, says company CEO Cevat Yerli. This will take effect after Crysis 3 and Homefront 2 launch. "As we were developing console games we knew very clearly that the future is online and free-to-play," Yerli said. "Right now we are in the transitional phase of our company, transitioning from packaged goods games into an entirely free-to-play experience." "If you look at what kind of games are done in the packaged goods market, with DLCs and premium services and whatnot, it's literally milking the customers to death," he said.
Crytek has not named any of its future free to play games, but Yerli said the company's aim is to "ensure the best quality, console game quality." This entails game budgets of $10-$30 million, he said. Additionally, future titles will be supported by the company's new social gaming platform, Gface, which is currently in closed beta.
Crytek's first free to play game, Warface, is in development at the company's Kiev outfit and runs on CryEngine 3. A military shooter set in the near future, the game claims to offer a cinematic experience with next-gen visuals, artificial intelligence, and physics. It is expected to be released sometime this year.