The lead developers from Vigil Games who helped from Crytek USA have left to create their own independent studio.
Polygon reports that Gunfire Games, the team led by Vigil founder and Crytek USA CEO David Adams, split off from Crytek in July. The studio took "all of the leads at Crytek USA" with it before the restructuring, according to Adams, and it is working on another wave of hirings.
Crytek USA had been working on free-to-play third-person action game Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age since soon after it was formed in 2013. Adams cited poor communication from Crytek and a desire to keep the core group together in his decision to leave Hunt and the studio behind.
"It really was the team," Adams said. "When you make a game, one of the most important elements of that is the people you work with. You could get 12 of the best developers in the world and put them into a room and they may not make a good game."
Crytek USA was formed from the remainder of Vigil Games, which was made defunct after it received no bids in THQ's bankruptcy auctions.
Ever since it left Vigil, the team has retained a desire to make another Darksiders game. Gunfire has spoken with current franchise holder Nordic Games about the possibility.
"That is one of the options we are exploring," Adams said. "But we don't want to jump into something immediately. We want to weigh our options."