Former Darksiders developers form new studio with Crytek

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Crytek confirmed today that a number of employees that formed the now defunct Vigil Games have found a new home within their company, in that of a newly established studio in Austin, TX, the first of which they have opened up in North America.

Vigil Games and the Darksiders franchise were the only items that were left to poof out of existence after the auctions for THQ’s various properties finished up. However, Crytek made the decision to hire at least the core team for their new NA studio, which was confirmed by THQ president Jason Rubin over Twitter.

“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 in a press release regarding the new studio opening. “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.”

The new NA branch follows the latest opening of their other new studio, Crytek Istanbul. Taking all of their locations into account, the company now has a presence in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Crytek also snagged the full rights to the Homefront franchise during the THQ auctions, which they have already been working on the sequel to. The purchase allows them to also publish the title themselves when it comes ready for release. There is no word so far on the future of the Darksiders license, however.

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