Crytek snaps up "core" Vigil staff for new Texas studio

Crytek USA Corp. lead by Vigil co-owner David Adams

"Core" staff from Darksiders developer Vigil - which tragically failed to find a buyer in last week's THQ auctions - have been picked up by Crytek to form a new Austin, Texas-based studio.


The new Crytek USA Corp. will be headed up by former Vigil GM and co-owner David Adams, with some "35 experienced developers" under his wing, reports Gamasutra.

While full specifics are yet to be detailed, THQ boss Jason Rubin has confirmed that many - if not all - of these staff are comprised of the "core" team from Vigil.

"Great news for Vigil, at least the core team," said Rubin via Twitter in direct reference to the Gama report. "Thanks to Crytek for saving as much as they could of a fantastic team," he added.

Rubin later added that, "The Darksiders and Red Faction IP have not been auctioned yet," inferring that the Darksiders IP remains with THQ.

When asked if Crytek had purchase Vigil, a Crytek rep has said the new US startup was "more like a new start for [the team at Vigil]".

Last week Jason Rubin called the lack of a buyer for Vigil "a travesty", revealing that the studio was working on a 'truly unique' game codenamed 'Crawler'.

It unclear if development on this title is to continue at the new Crytek studio.