Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Crytek Making New U.S.-Based Studio from Vigil Remnants

By - Source: Crytek | B 19 comments

The Darksiders developer has been saved by Crytek and will launch as a new Crytek studio here in the States.

Despite its strong track record with the Darksiders franchise, no one placed a bid on developer Vigil Games during THQ's fire sale last week. Instead, all of its employees were laid off, and the future of the Darksiders franchise looked bleak.

However, on Monday Crysis 3 developer Crytek, which purchased the Homefront IP from THQ, announced that it's forming a new studio here in the States. The ninth Crytek studio worldwide, this location will be called Crytek USA Corp and will be led by former Vigil Games head David Adams. What's more, Adams is bringing his 35-member core Vigil team under his new Crytek wing.

"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," said David Adams, the new CEO of Austin, Texas-based Crytek USA.

"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," added 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."

Jason Rubin, former CEO of THQ, thanked Crytek via Twitter for "saving as much as they could of a fantastic team." He also added that the "Darksiders and Red Faction IP have not been auctioned yet," meaning that Crytek's new studio will not move forward with another Darksiders game unless Crytek purchases the rights.

Crytek representative Jens Schafer confirmed with Escapist Magazine that "Crytek USA won't work on a new Darksiders game. At this point in time it is too early to share any future plans."

Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback

Discuss
Ask a Category Expert

Create a new thread in the News comments forum about this subject

Example: Notebook, Android, SSD hard drive

This thread is closed for comments
  • -8 Hide
    buckcm , January 31, 2013 3:48 AM
    Crysis 3 beta is live. It's pretty awful.
  • -3 Hide
    abbadon_34 , January 31, 2013 4:13 AM
    Call it average, nothing revolutionary, question is whether they will either NOT optimize it or PURPOSELY cripple it to make it "pc melting"
  • 3 Hide
    bustapr , January 31, 2013 4:30 AM
    these guys make a damn good action adventure game. I hope they make a new IP that doesnt get horridly ignored like darksiders. One of my problems with darksiders was precisely the visuals, but now that they have CE3 and crytek leading them, I see a better importance to pc in the future. or at least better ports.
  • Display all 19 comments.
  • 0 Hide
    buckcm , January 31, 2013 4:41 AM
    abbadon_34Call it average, nothing revolutionary, question is whether they will either NOT optimize it or PURPOSELY cripple it to make it "pc melting"


    All the foliage and crap everywhere makes the game look gaudy. I was getting 70-100+ fps on low settings with ultra textures with a 2500k + 7850 on 1920x1080. The game looks pretty good with those settings.
  • -6 Hide
    downhill911 , January 31, 2013 5:45 AM
    If only Crytek employed and/or let someone who can make storyline and overall game more interesting.
    Maybe someone from first Far Cry?
    Also not sure if it is good to make game (Far Cry 3) dumbed down for fat kids which makes use of drugs to look as a good thing.
  • 1 Hide
    neiroatopelcc , January 31, 2013 7:18 AM
    The story in farcry3 was good too.
    The only downside to the game really is the publisher
  • -1 Hide
    cats_Paw , January 31, 2013 7:49 AM
    DUnno, maybe i am asking for too much, but i did not get far cry 3, nor crysis 2.
    I did get Deus Ex 3 thou.
    Perhaps i have too high expectations for games nowdays.
  • -3 Hide
    alidan , January 31, 2013 7:55 AM
    bustaprthese guys make a damn good action adventure game. I hope they make a new IP that doesnt get horridly ignored like darksiders. One of my problems with darksiders was precisely the visuals, but now that they have CE3 and crytek leading them, I see a better importance to pc in the future. or at least better ports.

    I can't play dark setters one for more than an hour without became completely crashing they failed on the PC side to the point where I didn't care of dark siders came out again I won't be getting in on the console ever I hate consoles for games now, between the games never going on a real sale on consoles and needing to wait 5+ years for it to get a reasonable price while the PC I'm I only have to wait three months to get again for 75% off, but they can optimize dark siders at all for the PC I don't care how good the games are what I can't play them, I have dark siders one installed right now I have two from buying THQ bundle, but I was told there was a worse port in the first game in my got I can't play the first game authority crashing what's this on the to be like. Here's hoping cry tech forces them to go through a how to develop for the PC class.
  • -2 Hide
    neiroatopelcc , January 31, 2013 7:55 AM
    cats_PawDUnno, maybe i am asking for too much, but i did not get far cry 3, nor crysis 2.I did get Deus Ex 3 thou.Perhaps i have too high expectations for games nowdays.

    get as in understand or get as in purchase? what truely is your point?
    In this economy hardly anyone can afford to purchase every title they want to play, so it's only natural to skip some. Crysis 2 was aweful (singleplayer) by the way - nothing missed. And I skipped Deus Ex
  • 7 Hide
    sublime2k , January 31, 2013 9:03 AM
    neiroatopelccAnd I skipped Deus Ex

    Your loss. That game is truly brilliant, whether we're talking about original or Human Revolution.
  • 1 Hide
    neiroatopelcc , January 31, 2013 9:47 AM
    sublime2kYour loss. That game is truly brilliant, whether we're talking about original or Human Revolution.

    You're welcome to gift me a copy on steam then :) 
    Can't really afford any luxuries at present
  • 1 Hide
    sublime2k , January 31, 2013 10:04 AM
    neiroatopelccYou're welcome to gift me a copy on steam then Can't really afford any luxuries at present

    Human Revolution has been €3 several times already, if you can't afford €3 game, I don't know what you're doing online. :p 
  • 3 Hide
    sublime2k , January 31, 2013 10:10 AM
    hastenBuy it on sale. The game cost less than a cup of coffee a couple weeks ago. Hardly a luxury by any standard.

    It's actually ridiculously underpriced, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it. I mean, it's AAA game from summer of 2011.
  • 1 Hide
    mister g , January 31, 2013 11:16 AM
    neiroatopelccYou're welcome to gift me a copy on steam then Can't really afford any luxuries at present

    Just check Steam from time to time. It was on sale last Friday for $5 and I picked it up.
  • -1 Hide
    neiroatopelcc , January 31, 2013 11:52 AM
    sublime2kHuman Revolution has been €3 several times already, if you can't afford €3 game, I don't know what you're doing online.

    I know I saw it @ 75% off during the last two sales. But it's still money I don't really have. My income is fine, but I am backlogged a bit on my expenses following the purchase of a new car and stuff breaking at home - and I still owe my dentist too for that matter.
    So it's not that I couldn't buy the game, but more like know I really shouldn't. I'd love to try the new hitman too, but the 12€ it cost the other day is also money I can't spare. Besides I've got 949 items on steam according to and I've yet to try out half of them.

    So I suppose it's a priority thing.

    Anyhow. Farcry 3 is good, crysis 2 is not good
  • 0 Hide
    neiroatopelcc , January 31, 2013 11:53 AM
    I mean farcry 3 is good from a story perspective. The lack of proper saves is annoying (doesn't save corpses, the state of alerts or the actual position of the player), and the not so hard difficulty level of the hardest setting are dragging it a bit down from my all time good games list.
  • -2 Hide
    fuzzion , January 31, 2013 12:49 PM
    I loved farcry 3 and wish my RL gf looked like Citra. I would hump that slut everyday
  • 0 Hide
    tomfreak , January 31, 2013 1:28 PM
    Own darksider 1 & 2, but the bummer is I didnt own the DLCs. damn
  • 0 Hide
    bdiddytampa , February 1, 2013 4:41 AM
    Gonna be sad if the Darksiders story doesn't continue (which it looks like it wont't..) but I'm glad a good portion of those guys got a job, keeping talented people in the industry is a must these days