I just received a press release from Crytek announcing a new studio in Austin, TX. Vigil Games was based out of Austin, and David Adams, the former general manager over at Vigil, will be heading the studio of “35 experienced developers”. With last weeks auctioning of the THQ assets, Vigil and the Darksider franchise were not picked up and awaited fate. There were rumors sprouting from Platinum Games executive director, Atsushi Inaba, that the Japanese studio was interested, but I am guessing from this announcement that the interest has ceased. What will happen to the Darksider series at this point is anyone’s guess, though I am trying to find out who has the rights to franchise. I am excited to see what Crytek does with expanded studio system they have been introducing, they recently added a studio in Istanbul. Check out the press release below for the full details.
“Crytek GmbH today unveiled their ninth worldwide studio, situated in Austin, Texas, USA. Crytek USA Corp. is the company’s first US-based studio and is ideally placed to embrace exciting new game, engine and business development opportunities in North America and beyond.
“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,” said Crytek CEO, Cevat Yerli. “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, the newly appointed CEO of Crytek USA Corp., 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.”
Crytek USA Corp. follows on from the recently-opened Crytek Istanbul as the company’s newest studio, meaning the ambitious developer and publisher now has an established presence in Europe, Asia and North America.”