New Crytek USA studio staffed with ex-Vigil employees

UPDATE: IGN confirms all 35 Crytek USA developers are former Vigil Games employees. The original story follows.

Pie-in-the-sky dreams, like Platinum Games buying up the Darksiders license and hiring some of its lead developers from Vigil Games, are well and good. But they don't mean a lot for the majority of Vigil staffers left out in the Austin, Texas heat after THQ's bankruptcy auction.

Fortunately for them, Crytek is forming a new studio in Austin, and former Vigil co-owner David Adams is its new CEO. Crytek USA's team of 35 developers will include many members of his former core staff at Vigil, according to a Crytek representative who spoke with Gamasutra.

"I’m thrilled to be a part of the newest Crytek studio, which will boast some of the brightest development talent in the industry," Adams said in a release. "The studio’s launch represents Crytek’s commitment to delivering diverse and high quality content to players everywhere.”

The reformed team will set to work on "new gaming experiences" based on the CryENGINE. Crytek USA's formation will bring the German-based company up to nine studios operating worldwide.

Crytek expanded both its ranks and intellectual property as a result of THQ's bankruptcy, having purchased the rights to the Homefront franchise at its assets auction. A Crytek-developed sequel has been in development for some time.


  • TheFabricOfTime - January 30, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    Are we getting Timesplitters 4 anytime soon?
  • jackthemenace - January 29, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    I'm glad that at least most of the company get to join an entirely new team, and that they aren't left in the cold, but has the lead developers move to Platinum actually been confirmed yet? Because if not, I'll be sorely disappointed. But bigger picture, yeah, glad to see they get a second chance; the Darksiders games weren't perfect, but I loved them, and it'd be a shame for the team to be ended so soon.
  • doominatorx6 - January 29, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    Way to go, Crytek. Be sure to put them to use on that Homefront sequel nobody wants.
  • DICEs - January 28, 2013 3:13 p.m.

    This is great to see. Been playing through the first Darksiders and enjoying it a lot. A good developer who deserved to survive. Shame that them joining Platinum will never happen but this is much more realistic. I look forward to their first game.

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