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Crytek USA to bid for Darksiders IP

Crytek USA intends to bid for the Darksiders IP when the remainder of THQ’s assets are sold off before mid-May. Headed up by former Vigil co-owner David Adams, the new Austin-based studio employs many of the core members of the Darksiders development team laid off in January when the firm failed to attract any bids during parent company THQ's initial bankruptcy auction.

Shortly after Crytek offered a new home to the ex-Vigil employees, the German firm’s CEO Cevat Yerli told GamesBeat his company wasn’t interested in working on the Darksiders series as it “doesn't fit with our strategy".

But Crytek USA boss Adams has now said on Twitter: "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." And fellow Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli confirmed to Destructoid: "When the Darksiders IP goes up for auction, Crytek will be bidding for it. Not much more to say since the rest is left up to courts and legal shenanigans, but we're all excited at the prospect." We’ve approached Crytek’s European HQ for further comment.

4 comments

  • ThundaGawd - March 31, 2013 11:15 p.m.

    It would be cool to see Crytek take a whack at it, as long as they don't half-ass the game. If they manage to pick it up, I'm hoping they can make the next one more like Darksiders 1 than Darksiders 2. Darksiders 1 was amazing, I got a copy for free when I pre-ordered Space Marines last year, and I loved it, but I found Darksiders 2 disappointing. What made Darksiders 1 special for me was the the setting: it was about the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and it took place on Earth after the Apocalypse. It was cool to play a Zelda-esque game where instead of temples and caves, the dungeons were abandoned cathedrals and flooded subway systems, then Darksiders 2 threw all that out the window and made you run around in alternate mystical worlds and shit. It took a lot of motivation just to get through the tutorial because it seemed so much like the shitty Thor game =/
  • DragonLord23 - March 28, 2013 8:36 p.m.

    Would be nice.
  • gnash00 - March 28, 2013 8:17 p.m.

    Please let them get it love to see the series get completed, the first 2 games were very well done and great short to boot.
  • shawksta - March 28, 2013 1:06 p.m.

    Aw damn

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