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.
Still holding out on picking up Darksiders II? Well over at Steam there is a massive sale on the recently released game, selling at 66% of its original price. Instead of the full $50 price point that it launched at back in August, the game is now available for just $17. Additionally the Prima Games Strategy Guide is available for just $6.80, or you can bundle the two together for $20.40.
If you are interested in getting this for Steam, you’ll have to act fast, as the deal is only good for another day and half. A similar deal is also available on Amazon, where the game is selling for $16.99.
With the present situation over at THQ, the performance of Darksiders II is very important this holiday season. There’s still hope that the reduced prices on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC versions of the game, along with the upcoming launch of the WiiU version of the game, can drive sales, hopefully reaching the initial bench marks set forth by THQ. Hopefully enough sales could be reached where Darksiders III is warranted. Only time will tell.
THQ recently released its earnings report for the second quarter of its 2013 fiscal year and we finally have some hard numbers on how Darksiders II has done. Through three months, Darksiders II has shipped 1.4 million units. Though THQ was happy with the finished product of Darksiders II, these numbers were a bit under-performing to what they had hoped for.
Just prior to the release of the game, it was stated that the fate of Darksiders III relied heavily on the sales of Darksiders II. While the game has done well, it doesn’t seem like Darksiders II has sold well enough as of yet to warrant the continuation of the franchise. There is still some hope as there is still the upcoming Holiday season, along with the Nintendo Wii U version that will be releasing in just a few weeks. New THQ president Jason Rubin had this to say about the status of Darksiders II and the future of these types of games.
Over at the official Darksiders website, it was announced today that the second batch of downloadable content, titled the Abyssal Forge, would be released on October 30th for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. European PS3 owners will get the content one day later on October 31st. The content is available for 800 MS Points or $9.99. You can see part of the press release from THQ just below.
The vast swamp-like Shadow Lands, added by this DLC is a new gameplay zone with an entirely new visual look, including two challenging new dungeons, new enemies to best, secrets to uncover and unique legendary loot to collect. Tailored towards the most competent Darksiders II players, the Abyssal Forge will test your mettle against the hardest enemies and puzzles yet.
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.
The Project Triforce Darksiders II Replica Scythe was on display at the 2012 New York Comic Con this past weekend. We finally have some hard data on this massive collectible, including its size, price, and release date.
Measuring at 5.8′ x 1′ x 6.6′, the item weighs 46 Lbs. This massive Scythe is limited to 500 of them and will be priced at $950 a piece. It is rather pricey, but considering how bulky this item is, it’s certainly worth it for those hardcore collectors out there. Set for a release day of 2nd Quarter 2013, you can pre-order the Scythe today at Project Triforce. Note, to pre-order this item, it requires a $237.50 deposit, which comes out to 1/4 of the total cost of the Scythe.
As promised the Darksiders II Death and Dust Project Triforce Statue was on display at the New York Comic Con. You can see a small glimpse of the statue in the image to the left, but go ahead and make the jump to see a larger version, as well as a video embed.
If you look ever so closely in the video, you can see the tag that is in front of the statue. The statue is dated for 2nd Quarter 2013 with a price tag of $600. The statue will weigh about 20lbs and there will be a limited run of just 500 statues. While it’s nice to finally get a rough release date and price, I think the price tag is a bit steep. I was honestly expecting a price point somewhere around $300. Consider the recently released Samael State of the Art Statue was priced at $249.99, this Death statue seems to be a bit much. In any case, make the jump for a closer look at the statue.
Beginning on Friday, October 12th, at 11:59 AM, Darksiders II owners will be able to download the Crow Armor set free of charge. This level 15 set includes all four body pieces, as well as the corresponding Crow Scythes. You’ll have to jump on it quickly though, as this giveaway will only be available until Monday, October 22nd, at 11:59 AM.
DeviantART user Clockwerk97 has made small sculptures from a variety of different video games and he has recently put together some sweet Darksiders goodies. He has put together small sculptures of Ruin, War, Abaddon, Azrael, Samael, Death, and Karn.
You can see the small sample version of Karn to the left, but I’ve gone ahead and included all of his other Darksiders creations after the jump. Many of these are just so incredibly detailed. Just looking at my display case in my office, I would absolutely love to have these Darksders sculptures lined up in a row. In any case, be sure to take a look and become a watcher of Clockwerk97 at deviantART.