I have been an outspoken supporter of Darksiders since the day it hit store shelves, and while I know many others like myself who thoroughly enjoyed the title and its sequel, sales numbers were apparently not strong enough to help Vigil Studios find a suitor once the demise of THQ became official.
While the studio and the flagship title they worked feverishly to create are left in a state that only Death himself could appreciate, Gamasutra has reported that 36 former Vigil employees have been hired to staff a newly opened CryTek studio in Austin Texas.
CryTek CEO issued the following statement regarding the news:
“Crytek has always enjoyed a special relationship with gamers and business partners in North America, so establishing a permanent presence in the US was a natural step … We are extremely excited about the work that we will be undertaking from our strategic new location in Austin, with David Adams and his team of 35 experienced developers. We believe our CryEngine technology will enable the team we assemble to create unparalleled new gaming experiences.”
THQ president Jason Rubin confirmed that the Darksiders intellectual property has yet to be auctioned off, but those of you, like me, that are still clinging to the hope that the gets picked up may be waiting for a long time. The Escapist obtained a comment regarding Crytek’s interest in possibly reviving the IP and it doesn’t look good. “Crytek USA won’t work on a new Darksiders game” adding that it was still too early to share any specifics on “future plans” for the studio.
If you are fan of Vigil and the stellar work they created searching for a silver lining here, this may be as good as it gets.