Crytek opens American studio

[UPDATE] Vigil Games co-founder David Adams leading Crysis studio's first North American branch in Austin, Texas; all 35 employees are former Vigil devs; studio will not work on new Darksiders.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Crytek confirmed with GameSpot that all 35 Crytek USA staffers are former Vigil Games developers. In addition, Crytek USA will not develop any future Darksiders games, and the company will not be housed in the former Vigil Games office.

The original story follows below.

Crytek today opened a studio in Austin, Texas, marking the Crysis developer's ninth studio overall and its first in North America. Crytek USA Corp. will be led by industry veteran and Vigil Games (Darksiders) co-founder David Adams, who will head up the outfit as CEO.

In addition to Adams, Crytek USA will be made up of 35 others, though it is not clear if Vigil Games staffers are among them or what the company is developing.

Vigil Games and the Darksiders series failed to find a buyer in last week's THQ bankruptcy auction, putting all jobs and the series itself in jeopardy.

GameSpot has contacted Crytek for comment.

Crytek USA is the second studio Crytek has opened this month. Two weeks ago, the company established an outfit in Istanbul. Crytek also has offices in Frankfurt, Germany; Kiev, Ukraine; Budapest, Hungary; Sofia, Bulgaria; Seoul, South Korea; Nottingham, United Kingdom; and Shanghai, China.

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71 comments
DemonsWrath11
DemonsWrath11

Well this sucks. One of my favorite game companies that actually cares a bit about their players went down and was bought out by crytek; the company that doesn't care at all about their players. This is also sad because it is most likely the beginning of the end. Most gamers just can't seem to see past the scope of their rifle to see whether or not it is a good game. "No guns, no bullets, no grenades? Not interested" I heard that sales of darksiders II skyrocketed from darksiders I and still it went down? Now that is what sucks.

Another thing that is sad is if anyone knows cryteks track record vigil will be working on crysis 4 and then the entire ex-company will probably be fired halfway through. If you haven't heard of what happened with #2 check out the articles on the web. Though there is more than one reason why crytek has made the top of my least favorite gaming companies list. Strange enough CoD is second when it should be first.

rmartinezdl
rmartinezdl

they kept their jobs, thats what matters!

ryanreynolds
ryanreynolds

Wait...Where did Crytek gets all the money for new studios? I thought Crysis 2 was a commercial failure, the most pirated game of 2011 and all...? 

the_requiem
the_requiem

I was looking forward to the four brothers kickin ass in Darksiders 3.

Konuvis
Konuvis

Happy for the guys, sad for the great series' demise.

bignick217
bignick217

Hmmm... Crytek opens a new office in the USA.....  In the same city as one of the development branches for Cloud Imperium Games who are making Star Citizen.  Who are also using the CryEngine 2 to make Star Citizen....  Interesting.

DemannameD
DemannameD

Crytek should fire everyone involved in making Crysis 2 and 3, and make the next crysis like the first Crysis, which was IMO the only good Crysis, Warehead was also not bad. But Crysis 2 and 3 have almost nothing to do with the original or its' awesome plot.

hazuki
hazuki

Darksiders was alright. But I'd much rather vigil develop a new IP. Its interesting though. Darksiders 1 looked awful on consoles. And now being a part of crytek. Ironic. 

EPaul
EPaul

Sorry to hear about the Darksiders franchise as i'm playing the 1st one right (PS+) now. But on the bright side glad the guys at Vigil got a new job so quickly

emperiox
emperiox

Crysis 3 sucks. CoD is like way better

smoothyplum26
smoothyplum26

This sucks. Darksiders is a great series and what Vigil is known for and it's what many want from them and Crytek is saying no. Are they that stupid? I'm glad the Vigil devs. got work but knowing they aren't gonna be working on Darksiders anymore is a huge depressant.

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

Crytek open its northamerican studio at the time of economical Crisis thats great. this one is really good for vigil studios developers and i think Cliff blezenski should submit his resume at this sudio too.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

WTF why isn't no one pissed that these foreigners are coming in here a takin our jobs! America hicks and inbreed get pissed that mexicans come over to mow your lawns but don't bat a cross-eyed eyelash at a whole team of illegal immigrants coming over to get good paying game development jobs from hardly working americans. True most of austin, texas are recovering meth addicts with the high quality education that only the 12th grade can give, but still yet 'they're takin our jobs!' 

No seriously, glad vigil team found a home, was sad they didn't get picked up during the auction. 

Saidrex
Saidrex

go Crytek and their little expanding. Now Crytek, later Skynet ;)

IC3_C0LD_ZERO
IC3_C0LD_ZERO

R.I.P Darksiders...It's sad to see another great franchise die. The same thing happened with Free Radical when it got acquired by Crytek... they were never allowed to work on Timesplitters. I hope this time they at least show some respect to this franchise and let Vigil work on a 2nd sequel in the near future

supermoc10
supermoc10

Glad the Vigil guys will be able to work  together (although I wanted them to go to Sony Santa Monica). Hopefully they'll work on Crawler and not another CE3 shooter.

Keaze_
Keaze_

My interest in Crytek suddenly got reawakened

Vari3ty
Vari3ty

Glad to see at least some of Vigil's employees found a home. 

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

While this is good news for the employee's, I still find it hard to believe that they couldn't "find" a buyer for the studio or the franchise.

pidow
pidow

Some good news is better than none, I hope the best Vigil personnel and their families.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

It's good to see Vigil in good hands. :)

Vader_300
Vader_300

Glad they finally found new employment, but I'm disappointed that the fate of Darksiders is still up in the air, especially since DSII really hit a high mark :(

AdamK47
AdamK47

That's one way to get them for cheap.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

HELL YES!!! Though I'm saddened that they won't be doing anymore Darksiders games, I'm extremely happy that Vigil has a new home. Thank you Crytek!


Hmmm...I wonder if they will be working on the IP that was codenamed 'Crawler' or if they will be doing something from scratch.

Wawas20
Wawas20

so there is hope yet for darksiders 3

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

Glad they found jobs... but really? Whats wrong with this world... Darksiders was a good franchise... )=

Roger_Smith
Roger_Smith

Yay, another high octane AAA action blockbuster graphically superior product voiced by an all star cast of well known hollywood actors.

Just let them do what they were doing. I'm tired of this shit.

psyXcho
psyXcho

good news but horrible news on Darksiders :( really wish they would pick up the IP

snugglebear
snugglebear

Remember Warhammer 40K: Dark Millennium Online? And then the online went away. And then the game disappeared completely. Ah, those were the unimpressive days. 

Osen
Osen

@ryanreynolds other games (crysis, // warhead, // wars, ...) plus commercialization of their game engines i'm guessing...

evilweav
evilweav

@DemannameD Have you played Crysis 3 already? I was under the impression that it's still a few weeks away...

Skullface360
Skullface360

@emperiox COD, outdated graphics, linear game play with few options of approaching objective = cow dung. 

Crysis, multiple ways to get from A to B, beautiful graphics = better overall experience.


Multiplayer of BF3 trumps them both.

Multiplayer of PlanetSide 2 trumps all. 

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

@jenovaschilld From the sound of it Crytek US is going to be made up of all Americans.....if you had actually read the thing. 

smoothyplum26
smoothyplum26

@DeadrisingX1 Good hands? Crytek buys companies, tells them they can no longer work on their best franchises while they spend a fortune on the Crysis series, put it on consoles but then bash consoles and tell everyone that they should only play this on expensive PCs . And then says, oh but it will still be good on consoles but just not as good. They are PC elitists who are becoming more and more like EA and Activision. If they could, they would buy all gaming companies, make them stop making their top games and just shovel whatever they want out so more people would just focus on them and their baby Crysis. Kind of like what Activision does with COD. 

chingchow48
chingchow48

@Wawas20 The 2nd sentence of the aritcle is literally "Crytek USA will not develop any future Darksiders games" 

ryanreynolds
ryanreynolds

@Osen  Wars was basicaly an add-on included in the maximum edition.And Crysis and Crysis Warhead were far from best sellers so to speak. 
My point is that making video games is obviously profitable despite what Cevat says.

DemannameD
DemannameD

One hardly has to play the game to know that it is the same dumbed down version that the second game was... I don't need to fire one arrow from that retarded Bow, to know that the game isn't at all like the original Crysis.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@MJ12-Conspiracy @jenovaschilld sorry missed t was to busy making a joke this late in the morning, but am really glad the developers will continue on and darksiders i really hope do get a home. 

evilweav
evilweav

@smoothyplum26 the way you worded your comment, it almost sounds as if you think EA and Activision are "PC elitists." I don't know how any sane human could ever make such a ridiculous assertion. But that's just me.

evilweav
evilweav

@chingchow48 No one actually reads the articles. Which explains many of the comments.