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Platinum Games Interested in Buying the Darksiders License


Jordan Haygood

Over at Platinum Games, creator of such games as Bayonetta and the upcoming Wii U exclusive The Wonderful 101, it appears there are some staffers interested in purchasing the Darksiders license, as well as hiring some of the staff from Vigil Games - the creators of the franchise. This, of course, is due to the recent THQ auction, as THQ had owned Vigil Games prior to their bankruptcy. And without THQ, Vigil Games would be left out in the cold...

 

Unfortunately, Vigil Games had received no bids at the THQ auction, which saw THQ's most popular assets sold off to companies such as EA, Activision, and Ubisoft. Because of this, Vigil employees had lost their jobs, and the Darksiders franchise was left in limbo. The lead combat designer of the Darksiders series Ben Cureton wrote a goodbye letter, which was posted on NeoGAF. Here is an excerpt from that farewell:

 

"I can only say thank you to the fans of Vigil games. Your support means more than you can imagine. Your feedback (both positive and negative) gave us long-lasting insight that we will all take with us, wherever we may go. You are the reason we made Darksiders 1 &2… and you are the reason we will continue to make games."

 

There may be some hope, however, as Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba expressed his interest in the franchise, stating on Twitter (as translated by Polygon), "Oh man in THQ's big sale it looks like nobody's bought Darksiders… I'd love to buy that (if it was cheap)."

 

Coinciding with Inaba's tweet of interest, Vigil's lead designer Haydn Dalton tweeted that "there was a shimmer on a slither of hope, that at one point, there'd be a Darksiders III: 4 Player Co-Op; It rode off into the sunset today." However, this tweet was then responded to by Platinum's own writer and translator JP Kellams, who made an offer to employees of Vigil Games on behalf of his company, telling Dalton "If anyone is interested in working with/at Platinum let me know how to get ahold of you via DM."

 

Seeing how Vigil Games has yet to find a buyer, doom seems to be on the horizon for its employees and the Darksiders franchise. But with Platinum Games showing interest in buying the series' license, as well as hiring the company's employees, there is still a chance that a Darksiders III may very well happen, and under Platinum's development no less. Sure, their producer stated that they would buy the license if it were cheap, but with the company offering jobs to Vigil's employees, and with Vigil's own CEO writing Brian Farrell "We will make every effort to find appropriate buyers" in an email to his staffers, the likelihood is certainly not that far out there.

 

Would you like to see Platinum Games take up the Darksiders franchise? How do you feel about the series in general?

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