Much was expected of Ubisoft and Free Radical’s PS3 exclusive FPS Haze. Sadly, when the game finally hit stores in May 2008 the experience did not live up to the hype.
In December last year Free Radical was placed into administration, before being reborn as Crytek UK.
Speaking to develop, Crytek UK managing director Karl Hilton – formerly of Free Radical – has spoken openly about the troubles the studio faced during the development of Haze, admitting “it wasn’t the game it should have been”.
“A lot of them were technical issues,” he said. “The PS3 is a powerful machine but a difficult one to get the best out of.”
He added: “We spent more time trying get the game running properly and less time to design the game properly.”
Hilton expects no such problems with Crytek’s own CryEngine 3.
“I don’t think we’ve seen the best out of the PS3 at all,” said Hilton, “and I definitely think one of the best things about Crytek and the CryEngine is that we’re now in the best position to get the most out of the hardware.”