Crytek has had some budget issues for a while, with claims of employees not being paid and studios getting shut down around the world. One of these stuidos, Crytek: Black Sea, has risen from the ashes as a new independent development studio, Black Sea Games.

Black Sea Games has announced its return to the gaming world through its official website. It’s a pretty barebones site at the moment, with a welcome message on the homepage. That message as well as their “about us” section mention their love of the “‘old times’, the good old core-gaming”, in their own words. The games section simply says soon but does mention that they are actually working on a title at the moment, and mention that they’re hiring.

The About Us section reads:

“Black Sea Games Ltd. is an independent game development company based in Sofia, Bulgaria, founded in November 2016. Our mission is to create hard-core games that will entertain you over and over again. We believe the best gaming experiences are coming from challenging the players with meaningful choices, while giving them the freedom to create (and share) their own in-game stories. Whether it is a “sandbox” or an “open world”, these are just words. We would know we did our job right, when you feel like: ‘Ah,… just one more hour'”.

It then goes on to mention games that the management has worked on, like TZAR: The Burden of the Crown and WorldShift. Interestingly enough, the site mentions that the company was formed before the official shutdown of the Crytek studio, which suggest that staff knew about the shutdowns long before we did. The new studio will be headed by Vesselin Handjiev, who was the boss of the old studio as well. Even earlier to that, before Crytek bought the studio, he was still the managing director, so one could say he has a good deal of leadership experience. We don’t know yet how many of the old Crytek staff have stuck around and will be joining the new team, but it is currently taking resumes.

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