The 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.
Going to bid on Darksiders IP. Put 7 years of heart and soul into that franchise, and I think it belongs at home with its creators.
— David Adams (@DadamsDavid) March 27, 2013
Ryan Stefanelli, another founder of Vigil Games and one of the lead developers for both the Darksiders titles, also commented, backing up Adams’ statements.
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.