Crytek’s new Austin studio opens, includes Darksiders developers

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Crytek’s new studio in Austin, Texas has opened, the developer’s ninth worldwide and its first US-based studio.

The developer believes their new studio in Austin is “ideally placed to embrace exciting new game, engine and business development opportunities in North America and beyond.”

Austin, Texas

The studio will be led by David Adams, ex-Vigil Games co-founder. Reports indicate that core members of the Vigil Games team will also be working at the new studio. A Tweet from THQ President Jason Rubin reads, “great news for Vigil, at least the core team. Thanks to Crytek for saving as much as they could of a fantastic team.”

Adams, the newly appointed CEO of Crytek USA Corp, commented, “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.”

Vigil Games was shut down last week when the developer and its Darksiders franchise were not bought at the THQ auction.

One of the sales to come out of the THQ auction was Crytek acquiring the intellectual property rights to the Homefront franchise. This sale came as no surprise to many given that Crytek has been in charge of development duties on Homefront 2 as per a partnership agreement with THQ.

“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.”

Source: Crytek

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