Crytek UK

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Crytek UK, formerly known as Free Radical Design, is a video game developer based in Nottingham, England, probably best known for their TimeSplitters video game series, Second Sight, and being a first-person shooter developer. After going into financial administration, it was announced on February 4, 2009 that the studio had been acquired by German video game developer Crytek and would be renamed Crytek UK. Crytek UK has a good relationship with the city of Nottingham due to its sponsorship of the Gamecity festival and recruitment drives with Nottingham Trent University.

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Initially, most of Free Radical Design's employees previously worked for the game developer Rare. While at Rare, they (David Doak, Steve Ellis, Karl Hilton, Graeme Norgate and Lee Ray) worked on the Nintendo 64 first-person shooters GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark. From late 1998 to early 1999 this team left Rare to form Free Radical Design, which was established in April 1999, their first release being TimeSplitters for the PlayStation 2 in 2000. It was known for its very fast paced gameplay and its particular emphasis on multiplayer rather than story. TimeSplitters attracted attention at the time because of the former Rare employees' work on the critically acclaimed GoldenEye 007. Its sequel...... ...
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