Back in January, THQ sold off many of its existing studios and game franchises, but several of our favorite franchises and studios went unsold, including Darksiders and its developer Vigil Games. Since then, many members of the Vigil team have joined with Crytek to form a new US Studio. However, this still left the Darksiders franchise on the sideline without a home.
It has since been revealed that THQ will sell off the rest of its properties this coming April. Bidding will run from April 1st until April 15th. Darksiders and Darksiders II are packaged in the same lot and presumably whomever purchases the two titles will gain the rights to the series moving forward. This will be the first step towards any hope or dream of a Darksiders III ever existing. Only time will tell, but I’m personally crossing my fingers that Crytek considers making a bid for the two games since it does make the most sense and would give the most hope for a Darksiders III in the future.
After the THQ fire sale a few days back, the unfortunate news was that there weren’t any bids for either Vigil Games or for the Darksiders franchise. This led to all Vigil Games employees being laid off immediately. Fortunately it hasn’t taken long for many of them to get back on their feet. According to Polygon, Vigil Games co-Founder David Adams has been hired on as the new CEO of Crytek USA Corp. Crytek is best known for the Crysis series. Adams had this to say about his latest gig at the new studio.
In addition to Adams, 35 employees have been hired on to join the team, all of which are former Vigil Games team members. Great news for the team and we wish the best of luck to them. As of now, the Darksiders franchise still is in a bit of limbo and the chances of a Darksiders III happening will have to wait, pending the sale of the IP. It is also worth noting that there was no mention of the new IP Crawler. Stay tuned as more news breaks.
After 7 years of work over at Vigil Games, Darksiders creative director Joe Madureira has departed the company. Madureira will be moving onto new ventures of his own, including several Comic Books and his next big thing, which is currently unannounced.
Madureira, who was a key member in the founding of Vigil Games and the creation of the first two Darksiders titles puts a bit of question around the future of the Darksiders Series as a whole. What does this mean for the possibility of there being a Darksiders III? Much of the series’ art style up to this point has been based around Madureira’s art style and his concept artwork. Does this mean that Darksides III will take a slight shift away? Will there even be a Darksiders III. At this point, we can only speculate. Go ahead and make the jump to check out part of his statement.
Ever notice the striking resemblance of Death and Skeletor from Masters of the Universe? Well it turns out that specific physical features of Death were changed, just so that the characters wouldn’t look identical. Darksiders II creative director Joe Madureira recently spoke with the folks over at Kotaku and addressed the comparison.
I’ll take it, I like He-Man, I like Skeletor! It’s the 80’s comeback, man. And look, you’re never going to play a Skeletor game. It’s not going to happen, so you might as well just buy Darksiders II.”
The folks over at EGM Now got their hands on Darksiders: The Abomination Vault and have posted their review. For those unfamiliar with the Abomination Vault, it is a distant prequel novel starring War and Death. They two hrosemen are tasked with stopping a group of renegades from locating the Abomination Vault: a hoard containing weapons of ultimate power and malice, capable of bringing an end to the uneasy truce between Heaven and Hell. The novel is set for release on July 24th, 2012.
Cutting to the chase, they gave the book a 9.0 out of 10 and had some good things to say about it. Go ahead and make the jump to check out a small excerpt from the book review.
Want to brighten up your personal Facebook page? Well if you have transitioned to the seemingly controversial timeline Facebook display, then we have a Darksiders theme for you. You can see a sample of it to the left, but go ahead and make the jump to check out a larger version. This massive image showcases War and Ruin with the remains of the Destroyed City in the background. Overall it is a pretty sweet timeline image and a perfect image for any Darksiders fan.
A special deal for the PC version of Darksiders II has appeared over at Logic Buy. There is a promotional code available which will give you $10 off the purchase of the Limited Edition version of Darksiders II. Logic Buy gives the promotional code of PROMO-FESTI-VAL20 and you can use it over at the Greenman Gaming website. Despite Logic Buy stating that the deal has expired, the promotional code will still work and it will reduce the price by $9.99. If you are going to get the PC version at launch, why not pre-order it and save a few bucks? If you have the money, there is no reason not to.
Darksiders: The Abomination Vault is an upcoming novel written by Ari Marmell, scheduled for release on May 15th, 2012. It takes place before the events of Darksiders and Darksiders II. The novel follows Death and War as they work together to stop a group of renegades from locating the Abomination Vault, a hoard containing weapons of ultimate power and malice, capable of bringing an end to the uneasy truce between Heaven and Hell. The novel was written in close collaboration with the Darksiders II folks over at Vigil Games.
The novel is currently available for pre-order over at Amazon. Originally listed at a price of $15.00, it currently is on sale for $10.20 and is eligible for free Amazon Prime shipping! Don’t miss our your chance on this great deal and get your pre-order in today. You can check out the full Darksiders: The Abomination Vault article over at the Darksiders Wiki for more information.
Darksiders II is set to release on June 26th of this year for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Windows. While it will retail for the usual $59.99, THQ is offering a free Limited Edition copy of the game for all folks who pre-order. This Limited Edition will include a code to download Argul’s Tomb for free, the games first downloadable content pack which will be available sometime after the game releases. Additionally, THQ announced a special $99.99 Collector’s Edition version of the game that includes a ton of goodies. You’ll get a Replica Life-Sized Death Mask, Artbook, Digital Download of the Soundtrack, and more. Go ahead and make the jump to read the full press release and to see some large images of these awesome goodies.