After 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.
Some more Vigil games employees, including Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli commented on the acquisition and the possibility of Darksiders III.
Additionally, Ben Cureton, former lead combat designer chimed in as well.
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.