Nordic Games Purchases Darksiders IP

darksiderswarAfter months of uncertainty and a two week auction, the Darksiders franchise finally has a new owner. Relatively unknown developer, Nordic Games was the winning bidder of the IP, purchasing it along with several other former THQ IPs for 4.9 million dollars. Their most notable work to date includes Alan Wake and Painkiller: Hell and Damnation. While they were the winning bidder, the transaction will not be finalized until May 13th. It is nice to see the franchise get a new owner, but there is still some skepticism about its future and a possible Darksiders III. Nordic released the following statement concerning their acquisition of Darksiders and other franchises.

In the long term, we either want to cooperate with the original creators or best possible developers in order to work on sequels or additional content for these titles. A very important point for us is not to dash into several self-financed multi-million dollar projects right away, but rather to continue our in-depth analysis of all titles and carefully selecting different financing models for developing new installments of acquired IPs.

Some more Vigil games employees, including Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli commented on the acquisition and the possibility of Darksiders III.

As one of the co-founders of Vigil and the lead level designer/principal designer on both games, all I can say is… make it adventurous. And do what we would’ve done: let people know what happens when those other three comets land on Earth! Four player co-op or bust! Good luck to you guys. You’ve adopted our baby.

Additionally, Ben Cureton, former lead combat designer chimed in as well.

If you actually ever go forward with the Darksiders franchise, be sure to focus on the things that made DS and DS2 cool. Things like… that feeling of adventure, the fast-paced combat, the sense of scale, quality voice acting, and don’t forget that Strife and Fury need to be BADASS… whatever you do, don’t forget to crank the BADASS meter up to 11. If you are ever in doubt of what to do… just add more skulls! Oh yeah… it has to be 4 player. It’s a must!

That being said, if you decide you don’t want to continue making games for the series, let me know. We’d be more than happy to take the IP off your hands. In fact, you can even have all of the money that DS1 and DS2 continue to generate!

Now that Darksiders has a home, it will likely be months, if not years before we here anything new from Nordic about the possibility of a new game. In either case, stay tuned, as we’ll be sure to update you on any and all happenings concerning the franchise.

Source: GenGAME

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  • JuicieJ

    Kinda miffed that Platinum or Crytek didn’t get it, but, hey, at least we’ll be getting a Darksiders III! I’ll take something over nothing.

    • Alex Plant

      Nordic is just a publisher, so it’s still quite likely that Crytek USA will develop.

      • JuicieJ

        Yeah, I learned that after posting. Hopefully a proper developer will get their hands on it and make a game that fixes whatever issues remained in Darksiders II and stands up there with Zelda’s elite (ALttP, OoT, MM, TMC, SS).

  • asmith

    There is hope!

  • Ada Nardi

    thanks god!

    • Linkfan99

      *Thank god.

      • Alex Plant

        Alternatively, “Thanks, God!”

  • games dean

    yes, although not who i thought would get it the idea of a darksiders, Alan wake mix with painkiller type weapons is a awesome thought. i hope they keep the loot system maybe even allows us to see what strife looks like under the helmet.

    • Axle the Beast

      Nordic Games isn’t a developer, so don’t expect to see concepts from their previously handled games — like Alan Wake — in future titles they produce. Even if they were a developer, developers aren’t often limited to making the exact same kind of thing. =P

  • Linkfan99

    I don’t necessarily want a 4 player game, like Ben Cureton suggested. I want to hear the stories of Strife and Fury and then maybe have a 4 player game.

    • JuicieJ

      Yeah, pretty much.

    • Axle the Beast

      I’m pretty sure that’s what they meant by that. To tell the stories of Strife and Fury, then deal with all four on Earth. Might be wrong, but I agree with you thought it would make the most sense.

  • Remedied

    Kinda weird to see Alan Wake mentioned in there, since Nordic only handled the publishing of the PC boxed copies in Europe… :P

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