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Vigil, Junction Point and BioWare Employees Join Retro Studios

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Based on the recent hires, it appears that Retro Studios is working on a large-scale project. This speculation is once again gaining traction as employees from Vigil, Junction Point, and BioWare Austin were reportedly joining the team. But whether Rockstar Studios will present their new project on E3 2013 or not remains to be seen.

Good News to Vigil Games Employees

If the rumors are to be held true, this could mean good news to employees of Vigil Games. Prior to this, it was reported that the studio and its team received the bad news after THQ Games bade farewell.

After THQ Games received the sad news, its studios and intellectual properties were sold to various publishers. Unfortunately, there were studios that didn’t attract any buyer during the auction. Included on the list was Vigil Games.

Still, the company is finding ways to attract good buyers. In a letter sent by THQ Chief Executive Brian Farrell and President Jason Rubin:

Some assets, including our publishing businesses and Vigil, along with some other intellectual properties are not included in the sale agreements. They will remain part of the Chapter 11 case. We will make every effort to find appropriate buyers, if possible.

The letter went on to say that the employees of entities not included in the sale had to go as well. So the staff at Vigil Games cleaned out their desk last January 23, following the termination of their employment.

Crytek’s New US Studio Gives Vigil Games “Core Team” a New Hope

In another news, Crytek announced earlier this week that they open a new and ninth studio in Austin, Texas. There were also reports that their US studio is being headed up by “David Adams and his teams of 35 experienced developers”.

Apparently, David Adams was Vigil Games’ co-founder. In a tweet by Rubin, he said that at least the core team of Vigil Games studio was saved by Crytek. In relation to this, Crytek CEO Chevat Yerli stated:

Crytek has always enjoyed a special relationship with gamers and business partners in North America, so establishing a permanent presence in the US was a natural step. 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. We believe our CryENGINE technology will enable the team we assemble to create unparalleled new gaming experiences.

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