A Wednesday in Coburg
This morning a news report at MCV Germany revealed that the police is investigating a case of illegal use of software and had raided the offices of Farcry developer Crytek in Coburg, Germany as well as the private apartment of one of the company's founders after having received hints from a former employee. Apparently a number of unspecified objects was confiscated by the authorities. "Early estimations" indicate a damage worth several hundred thousand Euros through illegal use of software according to the official statement of the police. No specific details on the nature of the software were mentioned and it seems that computer specialists are currently taking a closer look at aforementioned objects.
Gamestar contacted Ubisoft, who wouldn't want to comment on the news yet, pointing out that Crytek isn't a subsidiary of the publisher and that they're still trying to obtain more information on the case. Later GamesMarkt made it to briefly chat with Faruk Yerli. Crytek's CEO stated that he doesn't know how the company could have possibly caused a damage as high as estimated by the police. While he wouldn't want to rule out the possibility that some Crytek employee could have been running unlicensed software on his/her own, Yerli doubts there was piracy at a scale as massive as claimed by the police. He also confirmed that the team started working on Farcry again later today and that the FPS is still expected to ship in late March.
The guys over at Krawall received some more detailed answers via phone from Yerli, who mentioned that no computers were confiscated and no persons were arrested. Unlike in the previous interview he said that a single software product Crytek didn't have a proper license for may have been the reason for the accusations. Yerli, however, didn't elaborate on what kind of product he was referring to. He claims that the estimations of the police are blown out of proportion to justify the enormous efforts behind the investigation. Official statements by Crytek and/or Ubisoft are expected to be available soon.