God of War: Ascension director Todd Papy has left the loving embrace of Sony Santa Monica for a job at Crytek, heading up an unannounced game. The new gig was first spotted on Papy’s LinkedIn page by All Games Beta, though the dev subsequently confirmed his Sony departure in a brief Twitter exchange. After letting one fan know that the fate of God of War hero Kratos is now in Sony Santa Monica’s hands, he decided to move on because he “needed a new adventure.”
Crytek remained relatively quiet after the 2011 launch of Crysis 2, but the studio came back in a big way in 2013 with the releases of Crysis 3, Warface, and, mostly recently the Xbox One launch title Ryse: Son of Rome. Papy’s new job appears to be with the studio’s Frankfurt, Germany location (based on his Twitter profile). Crytek Frankfurt took a lead development role on all three numbered entries in the Crysis series, as well as the first Far Cry and Ryse.
Another Far Cry is definitely out, since that franchise is in Ubisoft’s hands. Could Papy be working on Crysis 4, or perhaps a Ryse follow-up? Both are possibilities, but it could just as easily be a new game altogether. The Crysis series hasn’t managed to hit the heights that the first game did in two sequels and a spin-off, but it’s a franchise that Crytek is likely to stick with.
Given Papy’s background with God of War, a Ryse follow-up seems a more likely fit for him than Crysis. Of course, this could also be something completely new. You never know with these wily developers.