Developer Vigil becomes Crytek USA; no Darksiders 3

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With the recent THQ buyout from many different video game publishers, Vigil Games, the developer for Darksiders franchise, was left out in the cold during the auction. Don’t worry though, Vigil was bought out after the auction by Crytek, the company behind the Crysis series. It came as a surprise to Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli that nobody bid on Vigil.

“We were surprised when nobody bid on Vigil,” Yerli told GamesBeat. “We would have liked to have bid, but there were too many unknowns. I thought that maybe we could reconsider bidding, but eventually we decided not to because the projects [the developer was working on] weren’t strategically fit for us, but I really liked David [when I talked to him] on the phone. He made a very good impression on me as someone who really cared, someone who is really passionate about what he does, and someone who is passionate about the team he works with.”

Looks like Yerli wanted to bid on Vigil, but he wasn’t too keen on also getting the Darksiders property. So instead of bidding, he opted to make a deal outside instead. Yerli liked the Vigil Games team instantly, which is now being formed as Crytek USA with a staff of 20 to 30 employees.

“It was an interesting time,” said David Adams, who is the founder of Vigil Games. “I was telling everyone that [Friday] was their last day. [Yerli] came out the next day. We met, and the day after we were pulling a new studio together called Crytek USA.”

“I was thinking that if the [whole] team showed up to the Sunday meeting in full number, as David said they would, it would show implicitly the trust and respect the team has for David,” said Yerli. “And when they all showed up and expressed that they really wanted to work together – that team integrity and the fact that they really didn’t want to split up was enough for me to say this goes beyond an interview. I didn’t ask David about his previous jobs, it was completely based on trust and the fact that these guys were great people with a great history.”

And no, we won’t be seeing Darksiders III any time in the future. At least the good news is that Crytek is allowing the new Crytek USA team to work on something they want to do.

“We didn’t want to continue with Darksiders III, since that doesn’t fit with our strategy,” said Yerli. “It’s not like we set the team on a specific game concept. They’re actually going to work on what David and the team identifies as what they want to do. Right now, they just know what the strategy of Crytek is and the framework we need to satisfy, but none of that drives what the game is about.”

Source: VentureBeat

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