Sorry to disappoint any Darksiders fans, but Crytek has confirmed that it is not interested in Darksiders 3 after hiring several key members of the Vigil team.
Crytek has hired several members of the Darksiders development team to form Crytek USA, which will be helmed by former Vigil head David Adams. “We were surprised when nobody bid on Vigil”, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli told GamesBeat. “We would have liked to have bid, but there were too many unknowns.”
Crytek didn’t bother bidding on Vigil during THQ’s bankruptcy auction because of what they were working on at the time, but following a phone call with Adams, Yerli decided to open an Austin-based studio.
“We had chosen Austin as the destination for [our U.S. branch], and we needed a lean and core team of experts to run the studio. At the same time, we didn’t want to continue with Darksiders 3, since that doesn’t fit with our strategy. So when I heard that [THQ laid off everyone at Vigil], I decided on Saturday morning to fly out to meet with them to see if the team would be interested to join our mission, which is significantly different than what this team has done before,” Yerli explained.
The Austin team will work on a project that “the team identifies as what they want to do,” according to Yerli. “Right now, they just know what the strategy of Crytek is and the framework we need to satisfy, but none of that drives what the game is about.”
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