It seems a lifeline from Deutschland has been thrown to the former employees of Vigil Games, as Crytek announced on Monday that they are opening their first studio in Austin, Texas and hiring key members of the former team behind Darksiders.
In the announcement, Crytek CEO Cervat Yerli revealed that the company behind Crysis opted to appoint Vigil co-founder David Adams as the new studio’s CEO, along with 35 other members from the embattled studio.
“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,” Yerli said in a press release. “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.”
The announcement comes nearly a week after the auction of various THQ properties, studios and assets following the company’s financial collapse. Though studios like Relic Games and Volition were picked up for millions of dollars by the likes of Sega and Koch Media, no one bid on Vigil Games, causing the studio to close its doors for good. Earlier this week, former Vigil Games employees were also reportedly snatched up by Retro Studios.
While speaking with Gamasutra, Crytek’s Jens Schafer said the hiring of Adams and 35 of his cohorts was “more ilke a new star for [the team at Vigil],” rather than a symbolic purchase of Vigil.
“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 the announcement. “The studio’s launch represents Crytek’s commitment to delivering diverse and high quality content to players everywhere.”
Crytek were no strangers to the THQ auction, having purchased the Homefront property for $500,000 – presumably to secure the future of their work on Homefront 2.
This latest studio opening by Crytek is fresh off the heels of the Jan. 17 announcement that the company was expanding into Turkey with the opening of Crytek Istanbul. The company now has offices in nine countries around the world, including Ireland, China and South Korea.