Despite having taken on a healthy portion of the ex- team at Vigil, Crytek have stated that they have no intentions of purchasing the Darksiders IP. In fact they intend to have the studio working on online games, so there’s a reasonable chance that they could be tasked with development of the online portion of a future Crysis or Homefront game.
“With the expansion into the U.S. still fresh, Yerli could only talk broadly about near- and long-term goals for Crytek USA. But it sounds like the new branch will play a significant role in the company’s future.
“It would be pretty much safe to say that this team will be working on online games,” he said, adding that the new team at Crytek USA will focus on “online games and kick-ass triple-A productions. It is going to be quite a significant investment for Crytek over the next five years.”
Yerli also made clear that Crytek was not intending to purchase THQ’s Darksiders IP.
For Crytek, the Austin game development community and the 35 game developers with jobs, things seemed to work out okay, despite the manic nature of the branch’s founding.
“Austin was high on the list. It was pretty much highest on the list,” said Yerli. “… 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 U.S., and make steps that are in line with our strategies.”