Former Vigil Games Developers at Crytek Plan to Bid on Darksiders IP

Crytek-Forms-Crytek-USAThe looming auction date for the Darksiders franchise starts on April 1st and one of the companies that has shown interest is Crytek. Crytek USA is now the home of many Vigil Games employees, including company founder David Adams, who was also the lead developer for both Darksiders and Darksiders II. He recently took to Twitter, showing the intention to put in a bid for the Darksiders IP.

Ryan Stefanelli, another founder of Vigil Games and one of the lead developers for both the Darksiders titles, also commented, backing up Adams’ statements.

When the Darksiders IP goes up for auction, Crytek will be bidding for it. Not much more to say since the rest is left up to courts and legal shenanigans, but we’re all excited at the prospect.

Even if Crytek does gain ownership of the IP, there would still be quite a bit of uncertainty about the future of the franchise and whether or not a Darksiders III would ever happen. It was just two months ago, after the THQ fire-sale that Crytek stated that they were NOT interested in acquiring the Darksiders IP, as making a Darksiders III didn’t really mend well with their future plans. It’s likely the team at Crytek USA is making a completely different game, so if they were to purchase the franchise and start developing the game, we’re talking years and years down the road. Still, everything has to start at some point.

We’ll be following the Darksiders auction in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Sources: GenGAME, Destructoid

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  • Ada Nardi

    Crytek but she was not interested?if the purchase and make the series die I kill them with my bare hands!!

    • Texika

      Calm down. The CEO of Crytek USA put 7 years into the Darksiders Franchise, and he doesn’t want it to die.

    • Linkfan99

      Wait…. what? I don’t….. um….?

    • Linkfan99

      I don’t understand the meaning of your comment.

      “Crytek but she was not interested?” Who is “she”? And what are you saying about Crytek? You said “Crytek but she was not interested”. What is the meaning of that sentence? -.-

      “if the purchase and make the series die” If the purchase is made, you mean? What do you mean by “and make the series die”? Who or what would be making the series die? And what are you saying about the purchase? That’s not even a complete sentence…

      “I kill them with my bare hands!!” Kill who? Why would the series die if they are the ones trying to keep it alive? Why would you kill them for keeping it alive? I don’t…. understand…


      • Nevan Lowe

        Neither do I.

    • Nevan Lowe
  • asmith

    I know Fury’s concept art depicts her with a whip, but there is a pic from PAX east over at ZD of a scantily clad mannequin woman on what looks like a Darksiders symbol. The swords look like they have details of Death’s scythes. Any credence to that?

  • JuicieJ

    Cool. I gotta admit, there’s part of me that would rather Platinum buy it, but the creators will know where to go with the story better than they would, so I won’t complain.

  • ironheade

    part of still thinks ninja theory should buy it based on the awesome job they did on dmc devil may cry but again as long as they make darksiders 3 and its good im happy for anyone to make it :)

    • JuicieJ

      I’d rather Ninja Theory not eff up the characters like they did with DmC.

  • Linkfan99

    Um… any news? Because I thought the bidding was going on like 18 days ago…. So did they get it?

    • JuicieJ

      The bids weren’t released to the public. We have no idea what IPs went to whom after the auction closed. Darksiders was sold, though, so there will eventually be a Darksiders III. (Hooray!)

      • Linkfan99

        Ah. Will we ever know who got the IP, or will we just have to wait for a new game?

        • JuicieJ


  • Nevan Lowe

    Did they win?

    • JuicieJ

      Nope. Darksiders went to Nordic Games.

      • Nevan Lowe

        Oh well. :'(

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