Easily the most tragic thing about the collapse of THQ was that no one bought Vigil Games, developers of the fantastic Darksiders series. Thankfully, it has been revealed that the core development team will be saved by Crytek.
Crytek – best known for Crysis and the CryEngine – announced the formation of their first US-based studio. It will be headed by Vigil co-founder David Adams and staffed with 35 other ex-Vigil developers. There’s no word on whether Crytek is looking into also purchasing the rights to Darksiders, or Vigil’s next game, ‘Project Crawler‘, but Crytek’s Jens Schafer has described ‘Cryek USA’ as “more like a new start for [the team at Vigil]” than a buyout of Vigil.
Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli said:
Crytek has always enjoyed a special relationship with gamers and business partners in North America, so establishing a permanent presence in the US was a natural step. We are extremely excited about the work that we will be undertaking from our strategic new location in Austin, with David Adams and his team of 35 experienced developers. We believe our CryENGINE technology will enable the team we assemble to create unparalleled new gaming experiences.
David Adams added:
I’m thrilled to be a part of the newest Crytek studio, which will boast some of the brightest development talent in the industry. The studio’s launch represents Crytek’s commitment to delivering diverse and high quality content to players everywhere.
German-based Crytek has been aggressively expanding its arsenal of development studios, with teams in Istanbul, the Ukraine, Hungary, Bulgaria, South Korea, the UK, China and, of course, Germany. They also bought the rights to Homefront from THQ this past week.
With Crytek now employing the developers behind Darksiders and TimeSplitters (Crytek UK was formerly Free Radical), which series would you prefer to see live on if only one could make it? Let us know in the comments below.