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Rumor: Crytek Developing an MMO

Posted Jun 02, 2010 by Michael Bitton

Rumor: Crytek Developing an MMO

The LinkedIn profiles for two Crytek employees offered hints that Crytek may be developing an MMO. The profiles have since been altered with more vague descriptions, however superannuation has reprinted the excerpts from both profiles containing the original job descriptions.

James Dennett, Senior IT Manager, Crytek:

Senior IT Manager
Crytek

(Privately Held; Computer Games industry)
February 2009 — Present (1 year 4 months)

Duties: Complete life cycle responsibility for nearly 300 Linux servers in a demanding “zero downtime” environment. Interoperability with Windows clients and game asset systems.

Development (Apache, PHP, MySQL & shell programming) of monitoring systems , network test game deployment systems and various bespoke solutions.

Designing, testing and implementing as part of the development team the systems infrastructure for an MMO online game.

James' LinkedIn profile now  simply reads:

Senior IT Manager
Crytek

(Privately Held; Computer Games industry)

February 2009Present (1 year 5 months)

I work at Crytek in the IT team.

Yegor Bondar who worked as a game designer out of Crytek Kiev until July 2009 previously listed his position at Crytek as:

Game \ Level designer
Crytek Kiev

(Privately Held; Computer Games industry)
November 2008 — July 2009 (9 months)

Not announced Online MMO FPS.

The position now reads:

Game \ Level designer
Crytek Kiev

(Privately Held; Computer Games industry)

November 2008July 2009 (9 months)

Not announced

Additionaly, superannuation has also discovered that Crytek has registered a number of new domain names recently, names that they note "sound like a name for an 'MMIO FPS'."

At GDC '09, Crytek presented a tech demo for the next CryEngine, CryEngine 3, which featured, among other things, a medieval battle scene, leading some to speculate that they may be working on a medieval themed game. The following month, Crytek filed trademarks for three names, Gface, Carvatar, and Kingdoms, the latter of which has just appeared in the above recently registered domain names.

Is Crytek developing a new MMOFPs? Perhaps a medieval MMOFPS? Thoughts of an MMO Project Offset are dancing in my head! With E3 right on the horizon, perhaps we'll hear more there.

Sources: Blue's News, ShackNews

[Thanks ThorHal for the tip!]

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Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined MMORPG.com as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB

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