Crytek, the independent developer responsible for plenty of franchises, including Crysis, has just confirmed that it's set up another regional studio, this time in Austin, Texas, in the form of Crytek USA, which has just employed the core team of now-defunct Vigil Games.Vigil Games has been in the news in the past few days as the studio, formerly owned by THQ, didn't find a buyer during the publisher's bankruptcy auction, which meant all of its employees were laid off.
Now, Crytek, which already bought the Homefront franchise from THQ in order to continue developing Homefront 2 at its Crytek UK division, has confirmed that it's set up another regional studio in Austin, Texas, in the form of Crytek USA, and hired many of the core staff from Vigil.
The new company will be led by David Adams, the former general manager of Vigil, and employs 35 experienced developers from the former studio.
"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," said Crytek CEO, Cevat Yerli.
"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."
According to Crytek's official statement, the new studio will be tasked with developing "new game, engine, and business" opportunities, so it's unclear if the rumored Crawler project that was in production at Vigil will find a new life at Crytek USA.
"I’m thrilled to be a part of the newest Crytek studio, which will boast some of the brightest development talent in the industry. The studio’s launch represents Crytek’s commitment to delivering diverse and high quality content to players everywhere," said Crytek USA CEO David Adams.
Crytek boasts regional studio all around the world, from its Frankfurt, Germany headquarters, to the UK, Turkey, Ukraine, South Korea, and much more.