Crytek have moved to set up their first US-based studio in Austin, Texas, and it seems that they didn't have to look terribly far for staffers.
The ninth studio to fall under the Crytek umbrella, Crytek USA follows the recent founding of Crytek Istanbul this month, which might seem a little soon. That said, if the timing is right, strike while the iron is hot.
“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,” said Crytek's CEO, Cevat Yerli.
David Adams, of course, is one of the co-founders of Darksiders developer Vigil Games, one of the few studios not to be snapped up in the THQ auction. Adams was made CEO of 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,” said Adams.
Pushed on the matter by Gamasutra, Crytek rep Jens Schafer “strongly hinted” that Crytek offered positions to a number of experienced Vigil staffers. Asked whether it was a rescue of sorts, Schafer simply replied that Crytek USA is “more like a new start for” the developer, though it's important to note that only 35 former Vigil employees will be making the transition.
“Austin was high on the list," continued Yerli. "It was pretty much highest on the list. We saw this as an opportunity. These guys are jobless, we can save their jobs at the same time, we can move Crytek forward in the US, and make steps that are in line with our strategies."
“It would be pretty much safe to say that this team will be working on online games. [...] Online games and kick-ass triple-A productions. It is going to be quite a significant investment for Crytek over the next five years.”