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Vigil GM to lead Crytek USA

By Mike Williams

Vigil GM to lead Crytek USA

Tue 29 Jan 2013 1:55am GMT / 8:55pm EST / 5:55pm PST

Vigil's core staff become Crytek's new North American arm

Crytek has revealed its latest studio, the Austin, Texas-based Crytek USA Corp. This is Crytek's first studio in the United States and is comprised of 36 former Vigil Games employees. Vigil was one of the few studios not acquired in last week's THQ auction, leaving many to worry about the future of the studio and its Darksiders franchise. Crytek USA will be lead by former Vigil general manager and newly-appointed CEO David Adams (pictured).

"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 Adams.

"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."

Though Vigil's core team has become Crytek USA, the Darksiders franchise is still held by the withered husk of THQ. Crytek did acquire the Homefront IP for during the auction, as Crytek UK has been working on Homefront 2 since an announcement in September 2011. There's still a possibility for Crytek to acquire Darksiders, according to a tweet from THQ president Jason Rubin today.

"In response to many: The Darksiders and Red Faction IP have not been auctioned yet," tweeted Rubin.

"Great news for Vigil, at least the core team," added Rubin. "Thanks to Crytek for saving as much as they could of a fantastic team."

Crytek USA will be Crytek's ninth worldwide studio.

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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Hmmm... Darksiders in the hands of Crytek, would be interesting. They dont do crap games and they have the cry engine 3. Darksiders 3 anyone? This sounds better than if Platinum or Nintendo aquired Darksiders. I pretty hyped, praying crytek can pick up the Darksiders IP as well. But at least most of the Vigil employee's still have jobs.

Posted:3 years ago

With the Vigil core team relocated, I guess its Vigil no more but rebirthed as Crytek in its new incarnation. Perhaps their new IP can take a new form and shape

Posted:3 years ago


David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers

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I wouldn't take this as a sign that Crytek is interested in a new Darksiders; if they were interested in that, they probably would have tried to acquire Vigil part and parcel, not to mention buy the Darksiders IP. This strikes me as a talent acquisition - they might not even know what, exactly, they want this team to work on yet, but they were clearly impressed enough by what they've done to form a new studio around them.

Posted:3 years ago


Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus

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If anything, this tells me that Darksiders, as we know it, is dead. Even if the IP is bought, it'll be in completely new hands.

Posted:3 years ago


Adam Campbell Producer, Hopster

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Agree with they others.

Crytek are after the talent, not the IP. They've acquired it without buying the business.

Posted:3 years ago


Neil Alphonso Lead Designer, Splash Damage Ltd

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I love Austin, but it's a strange "strategic" place to choose to break into the US development scene for an established player. Good luck with flights!

Posted:3 years ago


Roberto Bruno Curious Person

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I honestly don't care too much about the Darksiders IP but I would definitely LOVE to see ex-VIgil people at work on a new Zelda-like action adventure using the Cryengine 3.

Posted:3 years ago


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