Vigil Games, the developer behind the "Darksiders" series, was one of the few studios that did not get picked up in the THQ bankruptcy auction. Crytek announced Monday that it is giving former Vigil co-owner David Adams and at least some of the other talent from the studio a second chance as Crytek USA Corp. based in Austin, Texas.
Crytek USA Corp. will start out as a team of "35 experienced developers" consisting of "some of the brightest development talent in the industry," according to a press release from Crytek. Gamasutra asked Crytek directly if this was a purchase of Vigil Games and was told it was "more like a new start for [the team at Vigil]."
A later interview with Gamasutra reveals that Crytek USA has some of "Vigil's core team (but not the whole studio) and a number of Austin-based developers who were looking for new jobs."
Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli said that the new team at Crytek USA will focus on "online games and kick-ass triple-A productions. It is going to be quite a significant investment for Crytek over the next five years."
The rights to the "Homefront" license was purchased by Crytek during the THQ bankruptcy auction. It is currently unknown if the Vigil Games project code-named "Crawler" would becoming as well. A developer at Vigil described it as "jaw-dropping" while another developer confirmed that "Darksiders III" was also in the works and would have supported four-player co-op. The license for the "Darksiders" series is also currently in limbo as it seeks a buyer as Yerli said Crytek is not interested in the property.
Crytek USA Corp. would mark the ninth studio for the German-based studio and its first in the United States. It also studios in the Ukraine, Hungary, Bulgaria, Seoul, Nottingham, Shanghai and Istanbul.