Crytek have announced plans to open a new studio in Austin, Texas. Crytek USA Corp. will be headed by David Adams – the name might ring a bell as he was co-owner of Darksiders developer Vigil who were also based in the area. That’s got to be a good sign, right?
Indeed, it looks like the team of “35 experienced developers” they plan to hire may include some of the staff from the troubled Darksiders developer. Industry site Gamasutra asked if the new team was effectively Crytek buying Vigil and Jens Schafer from Crytek told them that this is “more like a new start for [the team at Vigil].”
What happens to the Darksiders franchise remains to be seen, but perhaps Crytek will snap it up at a bargain price. Jason Rubin says that “the Darksiders and Red Faction IP have not been auctioned yet.”
Meanwhile things are looking less rosy for Warren Spector’s Junction Point, the developers behind Epic Mickey. A tweet from Star Citizen crowd-funding platform Roberts Space Industries said “Second 21 gun salute for a studio in seven days. Fare-the-well Junction Point.”
“We hope that you all find new studios soon.”
Disney have not announced the developer is to close, however the second Epic Mickey title performed miserably despite losing its Nintendo exclusive status and being released on PS3 and 360.
Junction Point are based in, yes you guessed it, Austin, Texas, a region that has been hit hard with Starhawk developer Lightbox shedding many of its staff, Zynga Austin closing and Bioware Austin being restructured.