This week saw the sad end of THQ, as the publisher sold off its assets at auction and closed its doors for the last time. SEGA, Koch Media, Crytek, Take-Two and Ubisoft all gathered around for the sale, taking with them most of its IPs and studios.
One development team that unfortunately didn't get picked up was Vigil Games, the developer behind the Darksiders series of which Darksiders II was released on Wii U. This was seen as a surprise by many, considering the talent working at the studio as well as the quality of the games it has created in the past.
In an interview with Game Informer, THQ President Jason Rubin explained why they found it so difficult to sell the popular studio, saying:
Having just finished a product, Vigil was farthest from release of their next game, and we were not able to garner any interest from buyers, despite a herculean effort. Additionally, they were working on a new IP, which meant even more risk for a buyer.
It has recently been revealed that the game Vigil was working on was a title codenamed Crawler, very little is known about it but it was certainly a game Rubin thought highly of.
When the teams got together recently to show each other their titles, Crawler dropped the most jaws. It is a fantastic idea, and truly unique. The fact that nobody bid for the team and title is a travesty. It makes no sense to me. If I weren’t barred from bidding as an insider, I would have been there with my checkbook. I’m sure that’s little consolation to the team, but that’s a fact.
There is still some hope for the Darksiders series, as well as the other unsold franchises like Red Faction, as Rubin confirmed there will be a separate process to sell off the back catalogue and IPs, which will take place in the coming weeks.
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