Crytek will soon be opening their first studio in the US, situated in Austin and led by former Vigil Games co-owner and general manager David Adams. Based on what a Crytek representative said, there were initially some murmurings regarding whether Crytek might be hiring on more Vigil staff and purchasing the Darksiders IP. Well, no, not exactly. Turns out, the German developer isn't buying THQ and Vigil's action IP, but several of the 30-some developers hired on to work for Crytek USA are actually former Vigil staff.
Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli explained that the studio had always planned to expand into the US, and that they were really looking for a variety of talented devs, not just Vigil developers:
"We weren't just looking at Vigil's team [for recruitment], but the whole Austin development community. Austin is a very small, connected community of game developers."
So what exactly does Crytek have planned for their Austin office? Nothing specific was mentioned, by Yerli said that it will likely be online games, or in his words, "online games and kick-ass triple-A productions. It is going to be quite a significant investment for Crytek over the next five years."
He also made quite clear that the company has no plans to purchase Darksiders, though they did acquire Homefront from THQ for $544,218.