One of the saddest aspects of the THQ fallout was developer Vigil Games (Darksiders) not getting picked up by any publisher. Essentially, the company was left to die.
But that’s why today's story is so heartwarming. Crytek, the makers of Crysis and the company who bought the Homefront brand during the THQ auction, have started a new development studio based out of Austin, TX, and 35 of its initial employees come from Vigil Games. This includes the studio’s new CEO, David Adams, who served as the General Manager at Vigil.
The studio is being called Crytek USA, representing the ninth overall development house for the Crytek brand and the first in the United States. In the last year, a few Austin-based studios have run into downsizing issues – Starhawk developer LightBox Interactive had to cut staff, Zynga almost shut down their Austin studio, and BioWare Austin (Star Wars: The Old Republic) went through a restructuring phase – so it’s nice to see Crytek taking a chance with the Austin area and trying to revitalize its game development scene.
But don’t go expecting a Darksiders 3 from Crytek USA. According to a statement issued to Gamasutra, Crytek USA signals "a new start for [the team at Vigil]."
Currently, Crytek is working on Crysis 3, which launches for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on February 19, 2013, and Homefront 2, which is still in the early phases of development. Once we know what Crytek USA is working on, we’ll be reporting back.