Former founder of Vigil Games and lead developer of Darksiders II, David Adams has recently left his job over at Crytek USA, electing to start a new independent developing company known as Gunfire Games. While their initial goal is to work on some smaller projects, Adams has already been in contact with the folks over Nordic Games to talk about the possibility of a Darksiders III.
Seeing as how Gunfire Games was just established and that Adams is still looking to fill his team, it’s probably months away before they’ll have anything to show, but hopes of a Darksiders III just got a big brighter with this recent news. At least we can hope.
At E3 a few weeks ago I got a chance to chat with Nordic Games about the future of the Darksiders franchise and in particular the status of Darksiders III. While the game is still far from ever reaching the public’s eye, we did get some insight on the status of the franchise. In particular, Reinhard Pollice, the product development director over at Nordic Games, stated “There will be a future for Darksiders.”
I also asked him about the Red Faction series that Nordic Games also acquired from THQ and while he indicated that there were plans for a future Red Faction title, Darksiders III was further along in the early development process. Be sure to head over to our sister website at GenGAME to view the full interview.
Nordic Games recently spoke with Joystiq concerning the future of the Darksiders franchise and the possibility of a Darksiders III. Within the interview, he stated that they would still like to work with the original developers on the game, but that may be difficult as many have moved on to other projects at other companies.
He went on to say that we shouldn’t be expecting a Darksiders III within the next 2 years. They are currently in the organizational phase, sorting through all the new assets they have acquired. He did say that he would like to make the first announcements concerning their recent acquisitions at Gamescom 2013. Gamescom is Europe’s version of E3, albeit, a bit smaller, and it is set to take place from August 21st-25th. Stay tuned for all the latest news concerning the franchises future.
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.
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.
UPDATE: Earlier reports at IGN had suggested that Take-Two Studios had acquired Vigil Games. However according to Kotaku, who posted a transcript of the letter from THQ president Jason Rubin, Vigil Games has in fact NOT been sold. Stay tuned for more information as it develops.
The demise of THQ is here with many of its assets and studios being sold off. Among the bidders, Koch Media, Take-Two, Ubisoft, and SEGA each got a piece of the pie.
Most notably concerning Darksiders, Vigil Games has reportedly been purchased by Take-Two Studios. While the average gamer might not know much about Take-Two, they are the parent company of 2k Games and Rockstar Games, makers of games such as Grand Theft Auto, Bioshock, Civilization, Red Dead, Max Payne, and several notable sports games.
During the bankruptcy reveal of THQ, it was reported that Vigil Games was working on a title Crawler. It’s unclear whether this was a new game, or just a codename for a potential Darksiders III. In any case, if Vigil Games does settle in under a larger parent company, this could potentially mean good things down the road for the Darksiders Series and Darksiders III in particular.
Our sister website GenGame recently reported about the unfortunate news that THQ has filed for bankruptcy. As part of the process of declaring bankruptcy, THQ had to reveal all of their assets, which includes unreleased games. On this list, there were games such as Saints Row 4 as well as many previously unrevealed titles including Evolve, 1666, and Atlas.
Most notable on the list was that Darksiders II developer Vigil Games was working on a brand new title known as Crawler. What is just as notable is that despite the bankruptcy and the full reveal of all assets, there was not a single mention of Darksiders III. This is likely due to sales numbers of Darksiders II not meeting THQ’s original goals. At this point, it’s still unclear on what the future holds for the Darksiders franchise. Who knows, with the bankruptcy of THQ, perhaps a different publisher will pick up the Vigil Games development team and take a chance on a Darksiders III. I’m crossing my fingers as I think there is still so much potential for our beloved series.
Darksiders II is just over two weeks away from hitting the public here in the US. Despite the incredible hype, there is already some occasional talks of Darksiders III. In a recent interview with Darksiders II lead designer Haydn Dalton, the topic came up and there were some rather interesting comments. In particular Dalton stated that if a third game were to be made, the idea of a slightly smaller scope with more dense content might be an intriguing direction to go.
Having played Darksiders II for 10+ hours and having gone thruogh virtually the entire Maker’s Realm. I can attest to the fact that Darksiders II has a gigantic overworld. Just in the limited area that I did play, it was clear this is one enormous land area. We keep hearing the comparisons to the first game about the sheer size of the overworld, but it’s not just that. There really is a lot more to the overworld than just space.