UPDATE: Gamasutra has strongly hinted that Crytek’s new studio in Austin will become home to many former Vigil staff, noting that its new CEO is former Vigil co-owner David Adams. The Darksiders studio looks destined to close after it failed to attract a buyer in the THQ sell-off.
ORIGINAL STORY: Crytek is to open its first US studio in Austin, Texas. A statement from the firm has said that the new studio makes Crytek “ideally placed to embrace exciting new game, engine and business development opportunities in North America and beyond.”
Crytek USA has appointed David Adams as its CEO. He said of the news: “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.”
“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,” added 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.”
The new studio opens in the week that Crytek bought the Homefront 2 IP from bankrupt publisher THQ.