Platinum Games courting Darksiders, ex-Vigil employees

The courts have approved the auction results which portioned up THQ's development assets, but one studio and the franchise that put it on the map were notably absent: Vigil Games and Darksiders. It's a long shot, but some murmurs suggest Platinum Games may not let that be the end of their story.

Yesterday, THQ confirmed Vigil received no bids in the auction, and that its employees will be laid off. THQ will continue to seek buyers for its unsold assets as the Chapter 11 process continues, meaning the license is still up for grabs, and will likely go at a fire-sale price if any interested buyers emerge.

Speak of the developer and he shall appear. Platinum Games' executive director and producer Atsushi Inaba tweeted his interest in such a prospect yesterday, as translated by Kotaku:

"In THQ's studio and IP selling off auction, Darksiders is unsold? [We] wanna buy it...on the cheap..."

Cool to see Inaba's interest, though of course it could just be an idle notion. But add in this tweet from Platinum Games writer JP Kellams to Haydn Dalton, Darksiders I and II lead designer, after Dalton pined for making a four-player co-op Darksiders III.

Vigil Games lead combat designer Ben Cureton expressed immediate interest in the idea.

An interesting picture emerges. Before we let our imaginations run wild with thoughts of Platinum buying the property, hiring up a team of Vigil veterans, and letting the horsemen ride again, let's remember there are a lot of ifs here: Platinum would have to actually acquire the license, for starters, and Inaba made it clear price would be a strong factor in the decision.

Reality aside, do you think Platinum Games would make a good home for the franchise?


  • jackthemenace - January 27, 2013 2:43 a.m.

    Jesus God yes. Like, yes. From the start, I've been saying Darksiders should go to Capcom, But after playing the Rising Demo the other day, Platinum deserve to get their hands on another Franchise they can work their magic on. I mean, maybe if they keep getting other people's franchises to work on to build up their name, their own franchises will finally start selling to people other than me?
  • Moondoggie1157 - January 24, 2013 6:48 p.m.

    I'm playing the first Darksiders right now, It's decent. It was free on PS+, so hey I might as well get it. I won't lie though, I am only playing it so I can justify playing the sequel. Anywho, I think Platinum would do a great job with Darksiders.
  • ObliqueZombie - January 24, 2013 4 p.m.

    After seeing how they handled the Metal Gear IP, this would be an AWESOME transition. I just hope it doesn't become so linear, but, the action and cut scenes would more than make up for it.
  • winner2 - January 24, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    I want a horseWOMAN this time. I never played the first 2 but I might play the second soon. I want to see famine and pestilence already.
  • Memph - January 24, 2013 12:26 p.m.

    That's Red Dwarf isn't it? In DS world the other two are Fury and Strife.
  • winner2 - January 24, 2013 1:59 p.m.

    That's just the other 2 that I've come to know. I've read that pestilence replaced Conquest in more recent years, but as personal preference I say pestilence since it's unclear how the 2 got mixed anyway. I've actually never seen red dwarf. I wish they'd ditch fury and strife though. The name strife or fury isn't required to be a badass horseman/woman.
  • BladedFalcon - January 24, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    To be fair, pestilence and famine are kind of difficult concepts to translate into a physical, ass kicking action character. Famine specially, since with pestilence I guess you could be a bit more creative with the kind of diseases he could inflict as his special attacks. All famine can to is starve people do death...
  • winner2 - January 24, 2013 7:06 p.m.

    I've been thinking about that and I've realized I just think it'd be cool if they kept true to more "historical" names as opposed to ones they make up. I know "famine" doesn't really conjure up a big badass picture but to be fair, if we're comparing the name with what that horseman is supposed to do I would imagine war mind controlling everyone into fighting each other. But then that sounds like strife so it's confusing. I'd just prefer famine and pestilence to be badass horsewomen is all, I don't even care if they have no ultra strong connection to their names power-wise. On a side note: pestilence is obvious, but I think famine could be stretched with an aura that weakens and deforms enemies into more manageable husks of themselves. And pestilence could be all sorts of toxic acid and poison and disease and such. Most people associate those things with each other anyway even though pestilence=disease.
  • Bloodstorm - January 24, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    In the Darksiders comic that came with the first game, one of the horsemen is a woman, so it would stand to reason the 3rd or 4th game would star a female character.
  • BladedFalcon - January 24, 2013 12:06 p.m.

    That would be extremely good news! Let's hope it can happen!
  • shawksta - January 24, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    Platinum? Uh Yes.
  • blaxar - January 24, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    As long as EA doesn't purchase any of THQs franchises then all the games will be safe.
  • BladedFalcon - January 24, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    I think you meant Activision...
  • doominatorx6 - January 24, 2013 4:54 p.m.

    They're both evil. Activision because of greed and EA because of raping their franchises.
  • BladedFalcon - January 24, 2013 6:39 p.m.

    You make it sound like Activision didn't rape their franchises as well, or harder even :P And yeah, EA has gone back to their annoying practises for the past 2-3 years, but credit's where it's due, at least EA DID try to be a better company back in 2008, releasing new and creative IPs such as Mirror's Edge and Dead Space. So for that, I don't give them such a hard time, and they haven't killed companies left and right like activision has...

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