Crytek Opens South Korean Office

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Crysis Warhead (PC) developer Crytek is now open for business in Seoul, South Korea, as the European developer is making a move into the lucrative Asian gaming market.

Industry veteran Young Mok Park will lead the office and will focus on Crytek's engine licensing business for Korean clients, reports Gamasutra.

"Establishing an office in Seoul was the logical step to expand our business in Korea as well as giving our engine licensees in this region the best possible support, through direct access to a dedicated local team," said Crytek CEO Faruk Yerli.

"Crytek's Korean office will take a key role in increasing the quality of service to CryENGINE clients. By establishing the Korean office, Crytek has shown its commitment and strong interest in Korean game companies as well as the Korean gaming industry," Park added.

Asian markets including Korea, China and Taiwan are known for abundant online games--many of them free-to-play--as a counter to abundant piracy. But Crytek's move into Asia symbolizes the moneymaking potential in the region.

PC Gaming Alliance head Randy Stude recently commented that Asian markets, despite their high piracy rates, "are also the top markets for revenue."

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    November 18, 2008 12:46 PM

    Can't help but think they are diluting themselves. Warhead was not as good as Crysis, what kind of garbage is this studio going to dump out? Ubisoft often had the same problem in the Splinter Cell era, where ubi montreal games were great and ubi shanghai games sucked

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      November 18, 2008 12:51 PM

      It doesn't look like this studio is actually making anything, but rather just to help push the engine to South Korean companies.

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      November 18, 2008 12:54 PM

      I wouldn't hate on the South Koreans, their culture is all about achieving success so I don't think "garbage" will be dumped from them.

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        November 18, 2008 1:00 PM

        Tell that to the dime-a-dozen free2play Korean MMOs I see pushed out every other week.

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          November 18, 2008 1:28 PM

          Well, they are free 2 play. Try them. If you don't like it, don't play it -- cost you nothing but time. I've played a few free 2 play games. Most of them suck (like pay games, tv shows, movies, music, etc.) but there are a few gems out there.

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          November 18, 2008 1:34 PM

          Half of shack's banners are filled with that kind of shovelware. Those games only need a few dedicated customers to cover their costs it seems. I wonder if they all run off similar game engines.

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          November 18, 2008 1:34 PM

          A lot of people play them there which is who they're made for...

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      November 18, 2008 1:08 PM

      You're probably in the minority saying Warhead wasn't as good if not better than Crysis, especially for $29.

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        November 18, 2008 1:16 PM

        Warhead was a better value, but Crysis was better in some ways...warhead is too easy on the hardest difficulty. Crysis was a bit more open too. I do think Warhead was as good if you weigh the positives.

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      November 18, 2008 1:37 PM

      warhead is worse than the original crysis !!! you're actually the first person (to me) who says so. You probably didnt play the game, it has been improved in every way you can think of. but i admit that it's more linear than the first one

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        November 18, 2008 1:44 PM

        I played Warhead once. It didn't merit a replay. I played Crysis at least 5 times through, 3 on delta.

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          November 18, 2008 5:00 PM

          warhead was done by the bulgarien studio and i played it once. crytec, mad by frankfurt germany, got my 5th replay last month. so ur right.