Posted on August 8, 2014 AT 02:00pm
In the wake of all the Crytek-related shakeups, Vigil founder and Crytek USA head David Adams has left the company to forge ahead with a new independent studio named Gunfire Games, the developer told Polygon.
Adams only spent 18 months with Crytek as the head of their U.S. branch. Though the company’s financial troubles contributed to his departure, Adam told Polygon that the biggest reason was his desire to stick with the core Vigil team he had worked alongside of for almost 10 years now.
“It really was the team,” Adams told Polygon. “When you make a game, one of the most important elements of that is the people you work with.”
Right now, the newly minted Gunfire Games only consists of seven people, all leads from Crytek USA. The company is actively hiring, however, though remain uncertain how big they’ll grow the studio initially.
Regarding Crytek USA’s first project, Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age—a third-person co-op shooter first unveiled during this past E3—Adams says it was a difficult decision to walk away from something he had sunk a lot of his time into, but more important to him was the freedom to operate independently and the privilege with working with a tight knit group of designers and developers.
“We’re more attached to the team than the IP,” Adams told Polygon. “We can always make another IP.”
Adams also mentioned that’d spoken with current Darksiders IP holder Nordic Games, but also have new IP ideas that they want to pursue that would feel like a “classic Vigil game.”
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