Crytek form new US studio from the ashes of Vigil


Vigil co-founder David Adams and 35 members of his former development team will form the backbone of a new Crytek studio in the US – but the Darksiders IP hasn’t made the leap with them.

Crytek have formed the new studio in Austin, Texas, with Adams as CEO.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the newest Crytek studio, which will boast some of the brightest development talent in the industry,” said Adams. “The studio’s launch represents Crytek’s commitment to delivering diverse and high quality content to players everywhere.”

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli continued: “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.”

“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 news has already reached former THQ president Jason Rubin, who tweeted: “Great news for Vigil, at least the core team… Thanks to Crytek for saving as much as they could of a fantastic team.”

Vigil are the second deceased studio Crytek have revived in the last half decade. The German company’s UK wing used to be Free Radical, they of Timesplitters. Since their acquisition, Crytek UK have supported Crytek’s work on their internal projects.

What would you like to see Vigil’s molten core put to work on? Crytek picked up the rights to Homefront at THQ’s cremation fire sale. But, ugh, Homefront. Anything but that.

Thanks, PC Gamer.