Last week, when the decomposing corpse of THQ was hacked up into bite-sized pieces and thrown into the gaping maws of rival publishers, two extraordinary things happened. The first is that Crytek paid actual money in order to become the new owners of Homefront. Granted it was the cheapest sale during the auction but still, this is Homefront we’re talking about here.
The second extraordinary thing is that nobody wanted to buy Vigil Games, which is the studio behind the Darksiders franchise. As a result of this, a few days ago the staff of Vigil packed up their desks and embraced unemployment. Vigil Games is officially dead, and as for the Darksiders IP, it looks like that has also succumbed to the influences of the protagonist from Darksiders II (i.e. Death – come on people, keep up.)
It seems that Homefront wasn’t enough to satiate Crytek’s hunger for THQ morsels, and as a result, the company has hired Vigial Games’ co-founder David Adams and another 35 Vigil staff members. The new Crytek employees will be heading up a new Crytek studio based in Austin, Texas.
“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 main man Cevat Yerli. “We believe our CryENGINE technology will enable the team we assemble to create unparalleled new gaming experiences.”
What remains to be seen is whether or not the Darksiders franchise has come across to Crytek as well. I’m not all that clear on what happens to intellectual property once an owner (in this case THQ) dies off. If ownership returns to original creators (i.e. the design and conceptualisation guys who were at Vigil Games) then perhaps Darksiders might have made the jump to Crytek. I daresay we’ll find out in the coming days.