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Crytek CEO created Crytek USA after one meeting, not pursuing Darksiders IP

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Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli began hiring ex-Vigil Games employees after a single meeting and based on his impressions of Darksiders, but he isn't interested in continuing the post-apocalyptic franchise, according to an interview with VentureBeat.

Crytek already planned on creating a U.S. branch in Austin, where Vigil was based. Days after the studio was shuttered after receiving no bids at the THQ auction, Yerli flew to Austin, met with former Vigil head David Adams and began hiring ex-Vigil employees for the newly founded Crytek USA.

"My point is, I saw a history of games that spoke to the team's capabilities," Yerli said. "I saw, from a corporate-culture perspective, a very fit core team, and I saw a strong leader in front of me."

Despite being impressed by the Darksiders games, Yerli said that Crytek doesn't plant to purchase the intellectual property rights, which are still up for grabs as assets not acquired during the THQ auction. He also makes no mention of the project codenamed "Crawler" that Vigil was working on, as revealed in THQ's Dec. 2012 bankruptcy filing.

"It's not like we set the team on a specific game concept," he said. "They're actually going to work on what David and the team identifies as what they want to do. Right now, they just know what the strategy of Crytek is and the framework we need to satisfy, but none of that drives what the game is about."

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