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Nordic Games Picks Up The Darksiders Franchise

Posted by Andy Green

Red Faction, MX and Homeworld also find new homes

Yesterday we reported that THQ had sold off most of its remaining assets to other parties, however it was not clear which ones had been picked up and which had fallen by the wayside.

New information has come through today and we're very happy to inform you that the Darksiders franchise was salvaged from the wreckage and has a new home.

Nordic Games took on the series, along with Red Faction, MX vs ATV, Destroy all Humans! and Summoner as well as other licensed software including Marvel Super Hero Squad and Supreme Commander for a combined total of $4.9 million.

Gearbox Software snapped up Homeworld for $1.35 million, while 505 Games grabbed Drawn to Life and Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter for $300,000.

THQ now expects the bankruptcy court to hear the sales motions on 13th May 2013 and will finalise the transactions at a later date.

When THQ filed for bankruptcy, Vigil Games, the original developer of the Darksiders series, saw most of its staffers join Crytek, which also expressed interest in picking up the franchise.

In a statement given to Eurogamer, Crytek had this to say:

Following their recent acquisition of the Darksiders IP at auction, I would like to wish Nordic Games all the best with their future plans for the series. Darksiders is a franchise I'm naturally very passionate about. Over a period of several years, I and my close friends and colleagues at the former Vigil Games invested a lot of energy into the series and we're glad to know Darksiders continues to excite and generate a high level of interest among players, publishers and developers.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Nordic Games said it was exploring its options regarding another Darksiders game and hasn't ruled out giving the development responsibilities to Crytek:

Without saying we have been in contact with Crytek USA, I'd love to do something with them if we can find the right set-up. If they can prove they can make a worthwhile sequel, why shouldn't we talk? I have a great respect for those guys. They made very good games. But I'm sure they have a full agenda. Making games takes time.

They are the best-suited people in the world to make a sequel, that I'm aware of. But if someone else has a better set-up, they should step forward.

We're pleased the Darksiders series managed to be saved as it was starting to show real potential. Whether or not Nordic Games will ever publish a game in the series remains to be seen, but as of right now Darksiders is very much alive.

What are your thoughts on these purchases? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Spoony_Tech said:

As glad as I am that the franchise lives there is no telling what they will do with it! Without the original team behind Darksiders I don't have much confidence they can make a good game out of it but I would like to be proven wrong!



Giygas_95 said:

I saw this news on Push Square a little while ago. Glad these franchises found a home. I'm wondering what they're going to do with Red Faction.



Einherjar said:

@Tech101 To be honest, Darksiders 2 was already vastly different than its predecessor. So another change of pace wouldnt come completely out of the blue.



Faruko said:

I cant believe CRAPbox got the Homeworld IP, bye bye Duke Nukem, bye bye Homeworld



ACK said:

Ugh, I had high hopes someone would swoop in and revive Homeworld, but... not... like... this... sobs



klautrec said:

I was hoping that Platinum Games would get Darksiders. Well, so RIP Darksiders, it was a great franchise.



cornishlee said:

I confess I'd never heard of Nordic this morning but they're making all the right noises and reaching out to the fans, so I hope it works out well.



SpaceApe said:

Still not buying it for 60 bucks on the e-shop. I would like to see the original on the Wii U as well.



CanisWolfred said:

Gearbox got Homeworld! That's amazing! Maybe now we'll finally see a sequel!

And Nordic got Supreme Commander? I thought S-E had Supreme Commander? What is this? These guys never catching a break?

Anyways, thank you Melkaticox for reminding me of the horrible fate it could've gotten had it fallen into the dreaded hands of Nintendo. Seriously, these guys are a publisher, so hopefully they'll hire a company that can do the series justice.



ACK said:

@CanisWolfred: Yeah, in 5+ years maybe we'll have the privilege of witnessing Gearbox drive the final nail in franchise's coffin. Pardon my enthusiasm.



Colors said:

@ACK What makes you think Gearbox will ruin Homeworld? And you're acting like Gearbox ruined Duke Nukem Forever over the course over many years. The reason DNF was awful was not due to Gearbox's part in the development, it was due to the fact that the game bounced through many developers (including 3D Realms, Triptych and Piranha Games) and hit many, many roadblocks throughout 15 goddamn years. Gearbox revived the development in the last two years before release. I'm sorry but Gearbox is a fantastic developer and I hate to see people consider them awful just because of the mess of Duke Nukem Forever that likely no developer could have salvaged without an immense amount of funding.



ACK said:

Lets see, Gearbox has made HL: Opposing Force, Brother in Arms, and Borderlands... Those are decent, if overrated products, I'll give them some credit for those. (Their debut, Opposing Force being the high point as far as I'm concerned, but I have a massive soft spot for the original Halflife and it's incredible mods... Team Fortress Classic and Counterstrike being two of my all time most played and favorite multiplayer games. In fact I love TFC so much I could almost cry about what they've done with the disgraceful, regressive TF2.)

They mangled HL: Blue Shift, Samba De Amigo, DNF, and Aliens: Colonial Marines. Those are terrible iterations in franchises of some repute.

Nothing in their catalog suggests they are capable of doing justice to a groundbreaking, cinematic space RTS such as Homeworld. Instead they have a very mediocre track record with established IPs and have never shown an ability for the kind of grandiose, operatic storytelling the Homeworld franchise demands.

To me, they make decent, unoriginal, and unappealing action games largely devoid of strategic game design. Am I supposed to be impressed that they seem devoted to reanimating the corpses of forgotten franchises without injecting soul?



CanisWolfred said:

^Bookmarking this comment, so you'll have a virtual smorgasbord of words to eat when the day finally comes. I'll be picking out condiments in the meantime.



ACK said:

@CanisWolfred: I'm tired of putting faith in game developers who claim to be fans offering fan service. Of course I'm a Homeworld fan, so I want to see something special done with the franchise. The chances seem dubious, however. I'll give them 5 years.

Hey, my words are little and insignificant. I'm not above changing my mind and I hold no ill will towards Gearbox. Above all, I love great games, so I'll be more than happy to break out the salt and pepper if that day arrives. We'll see.



ACK said:

@CanisWolfred: Heh... If you remember me 5 years from now, I'll be flattered. So I'll be sure to own up and choke them down in the face of your peerless wisdom. For what it's worth, I enjoy ketchup and way too much pepper.



Henmii said:

Hmm, Nordic Games.... I don't know if they are any good! And besides, will they develope for Nintendo consoles?!

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