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Rumour: Vigil Co-founder Interested In Buying Darksiders IP

Posted by Tim Latshaw

Will the horsemen ride again?

When THQ bit the dust a while back, Vigil Games was one of the companies which didn't get purchased. This seemed to spell the end of the popular Darksiders franchise.

However, hope is not lost. It would appear that Crytek USA CEO David Adams has expressed an interest in purchasing the IP he and many members of his newly-formed studio previously worked on during their time at Vigil.

A Twitter account claiming to belong to Adams has posted several tweets stating an intent to purchase the intellectual rights from defunct THQ:

And upon being asked whether the Wii U would be considered, the former Vigil co-founder added:

The Adams account is unverified and contains too few posts to prove its legitimacy with any degree of confidence. It should also be noted that there was evidence after THQ's initial sale that Darksiders would be abandoned. However, changes can happen and the Austin, Texas-based Crytek USA may be able to save the brand.

If news of a purchase proves true, would you support a resurrection of the Darksiders franchise?


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Pikminboy said:

I haven't tried the game yet but if theres darksider 2 on wii u and he makes 3 and puts it on wiiU, I give him my support xD, more games always welcome



cornishlee said:

I'd be very surprised if this is true after Yerli's comments:

"“We had chosen Austin as the destination for [our U.S. branch], and we needed a lean and core team of expert to run the studio,” said Yerli. “At the same time, we didn’t want to continue with Darksiders 3, since that doesn’t fit with our strategy. So when I heard that [THQ laid off everyone at Vigil], I decided on Saturday morning to fly out to meet with them to see if the team would be interested to join our mission, which is significantly different than what this team has done before.”

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McHaggis said:

Didn't they say they were selling off the remaining IPs later this year anyway? I doubt the franchise would just disappear into oblivion, someone's going to pick it up. I'm sure the company handling THQ's liquidation would happily sell it for $1 if they thought it wasn't going to sell for more!



RedRocBoy said:

Oh God please let them get it. I need...We all need more DarkSiders in our lives.



alLabouTandroiD said:

Bring the original to the Wii U and we'll talk. As a 1:1 port on the eShop for under 20€ or as a remastered boxed version for a bit more. I don't think i could resist.



SilentHunter382 said:

I hope that he does get the ip because they would have more control over the game then they would have had previously.

@McHaggis I think they wouldn't because I would think it would cost more for them to sell it then it would to not sell it unless they get X much amount.



MadJay1664 said:

I wanna see that Celtic/Nordic theme from the Makers lands again. The scenery is like nothing I've ever seen in a game! Those who buy it, won't regret it.



cornishlee said:

Agreed. I really hope whoever buys the IP ports the first game to the WiiU; it's the best way to get a quick (partial) return on their investment while they develop the next game.

Actually, thinking about it, there's also a relatively easy way to create a Wii U "special/deluxe/whatever" retail edition of the first game using existing assets - add the ability to play through the first game as Death, borrowing the code from the second game.



McHaggis said:

@SilentHunter382 $1 was an exaggeration, but the value of the IP is well worth covering THQ's legal fees involved in the transfer, plus a small amount more. It's not going to break the bank for any of the big publishers.

All I'm saying is that I don't think anyone should be worried that the IP will disappear.



MrGawain said:

THQ's creditors could sell it for a nominal fee plus a percentage of all game, media adaptations and merchandising profits in the future. low early risk for the buyer but higher profit in the future.



Pachterkid said:

Darksiders 2 was the most bug-filled, glitch-ridden game that I have ever played. Games like that don’t deserve our time or money. There’s a reason nobody purchased the IP when THQ went belly-up.



cornishlee said:

The original auction was for lots, predetermined by the THQ administrators, and the lot including the Darksiders IP was the one for Vigil studios who had just begun work on a new IP. That's a big risk. In the next auction, the Darksiders IP is probably going to be a standalone entity. That's a very different thing.

Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy Darksiders 2; I, for one, did.



Cosats said:

It is a coincidence but it is just announced on the Wii U eShop that Darksiders will not be available after the end of this month.



Dreamcaster-X said:

LOVED Darksiders 2!!! IT was one of my top 5 games last year!! Really want this series to continue!!



Dpullam said:

I still need to play both Darksiders 2 for the WIi U. I have heard quite a few good things about it and it looks pretty interesting to me. I will surely pick it up once I get a Wii U.



ecco6t9 said:

A bidding war may break out.
I could see WB or Rockstar trying to buy the ip as well.



Henmii said:

I hope everything works out, and that the franchise will appear again on a Nintendo device someday!

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