Crytek Success Built On Secret Military Contracts
Crytek has gone from strength to strength in the last few years despite a sporadic release schedule. However, CEO Cervat Yerli has explained that their financial success is down to more than just the Crysis series. Apparently a top secret seventh studio is producing cutting edge military tech for the United States armed forces.
“Since March, we’ve been doing very well with [CryEngine 3]...and we have a lot of contracts going on from gas and oil companies, General Electric, all the way to SOCOM."
“We have a lot of military companies working with our technology, in fact. Technologies, simulations, contract work, whatever they need and whatever they want. We have a studio for serious game development. That studio is a subsidiary of Crytek, but it’s not called Crytek. It’s studio number seven — so secret I didn’t even mention it.”
Crytek's clandestine seventh studio may be mysterious, but this certainly isn't the first time a games developer has produced software for the military. Atomic Games have also been linked to intelligence service contracts... though we'd still like to know exactly what Crytek are doing for SOCOM. An exoskeleton simulator? An alien attack practise program? The mind boggles. [Gamasutra]
New Achievements Headed To Reach In October Update?
You can't really blame Halo Reach for having a lack of content. The multiplayer suite is one of the most expansive we've ever seen on the Xbox 360... but just in case there aren't enough achievements and ranks for you, Bungie appear to be preparing a patch that'll deliver even more reasons to keep it in the disc tray.
The latest weekly Bungle update contains a screenshot that clearly shows 1250 total gamerscore provided by ten extra achievements. This is possibly the "new stuff" that's apparently being patched in a "potential second October update." We'll keep you posted. These new achievements could also be deployed by a DLC pack, but we'd be surprised to see them roll out extra content at this early stage.
Mad Catz Identifies Locked Out PS3 Pads; Offers Replacements
The latest PS3 firmware update controversially locked out unlicensed third party peripherals. Whilst this will effectively curtail the sale of fake Dualshocks, a number of other controllers have also unfortunately been caught in the crossfire.
MadCatz, one of the largest manufacturers of third party peripherals, has assured consumers that the vast majority of their wares are compatible with update 3.50... with the exception of the 2008 wireless PS3 GamePad, the 2008 wired PS3 GamePad and the PS3 wireless MicroCon.
If your peripheral doesn't work, MadCatz suggests getting in touch with their customer services department to organsise a replacement. That's pretty decent of them. [via Eurogamer]