The team at Crytek USA has officially left the company to strike out on their own once again. David Adams, CEO of Crytek USA, had quit three weeks ago and took the core developers from his existing company with him. The same core developers that had followed him to work at Crytek; and THQ before that. This new company, Gunfire Games, is currently looking for projects, but is hoping to make a return to the Darksiders series.
Adams had originally been part of Vigil Games, the developer behind the original Darksiders game. Vigil was later bought over by THQ and remained there as a team until the company went under in 2013. They were subsequently invited to join Crytek as Crytek USA where they put out the Xbox exclusive Ryse of Rome. The new company will attempt to save as many members of the Crytek team as they can, although Adams admits that he has no idea how many people he will be able to take on.
Gunfire Games has contacted the current owners of the Darksiders IP, Nordic Games, about possibly continuing the franchise. However, Adams has said that the ultimate goal is to come up with something completely new.
“That is one of the options we are exploring,” Adams told Polygon. “But we don’t want to jump into something immediately. We want to weigh our options.”
Whatever Gunfire and Adams ends up doing, it appears that Crytek’s issues are far from over. While the sale of the Homefront IP to Deep Silver has apparently helped alleviate some of the problems, the company still faces reports of unpaid employees and production delays. It may only be a matter of time before more of Crytek’s developers decide to strike out on their own.