Following THQ’s declaration of bankruptcy, most of the company’s assets were auctioned off, but Darksiders creator Vigil Studios remained without a home. Things got a little more interesting today, as German company Crytek, famous for the CryEngine and Crysis series, has formed a new US studio composed primarily of former members of Vigil.
Crytek has been intending to expand by establishing a US branch for some time now, and the demise of THQ opened the door for a rather unique opportunity. With most of the key members of Vigil in the fold, Crytek has a firm foundation of talented and experienced developers for their new studio right off the bat, but they will not be continuing with the franchise that made them famous. Hit the jump for all the details.
David Adams, former general manager and co-owner of Vigil, will be heading up newly christened Crytek USA. In total, the studio is made up of 35 game developers, including a number of core members of the Austin, Texas-based Vigil team. Crytek USA has also employed a number of other Austin-based developers who were looking for new jobs. According to Crytek CEO Cevat Yerl, the location of Vigil played a large role in the decision.
We weren’t just looking at Vigil’s team [for recruitment], but the whole Austin development community. Austin is a very small, connected community of game developers.
Austin was high on the list. It was pretty much highest on the list…We saw this as an opportunity. These guys are jobless, we can save their jobs at the same time, we can move Crytek forward in the U.S., and make steps that are in line with our strategies.
Yerli made it clear that Crytek USA would not be pursuing the Darksiders IP, so what can we expect from the new team?
It would be pretty much safe to say that this team will be working on online games…online games and kick-ass triple-A productions. It is going to be quite a significant investment for Crytek over the next five years.
Looks like Crytek is pretty pumped about the future, and it’s easy to see why. Vigil and Crytek both have very talented development teams. What can the two do together? We’ll find out soon.