While my heart went out to the people who lost their jobs due to THQ filing for bankruptcy late last year, one of the biggest blows to me was the Darksiders action-adventure franchise suddenly being thrown into the same limbo that Shenmue is in. I mean, I gushed over Darksiders II, and even made the dumbest headline I've ever written just to show support for the series.
In the aftermath of THQ's bankruptcy and the dispersal of the company's properties to different studios, Darksiders has been left in the cold, until yesterday when Nordic Games acquired the rights to Darksiders, MX vs. ATV, Red Faction, and other leftover THQ franchises including Destroy All Humans and Summoner.
Thankfully, the company is in no hurry to produce a new Darksiders title--in an interview with Eurogamer, Nordic Games CEO Lars Wingefors explained that he wants the right people for the job, instead of a quick cash-in.
"We are not a developer. We should not create a sequel. We need to find the best creative team to look into a sequel. We will look into various options to make sequels.
"In the last 24 hours we have been approached by people who seem to know that product very well. However, if those discussions lead anywhere, I don't know."
What about the former members of Vigil Games, the developers of the Darksiders titles who are currently with Crytek's new Crytek USA studio? Wingefors continued:
"Without saying we have been in contact with Crytek USA, I'd love to do something with them if we can find the right set-up. If they can prove they can make a worthwhile sequel, why shouldn't we talk?
"I have a great respect for those guys. They made very good games. But I'm sure they have a full agenda. Making games takes time. They are the best-suited people in the world to make a sequel, that I'm aware of. But if someone else has a better set-up, they should step forward."
There are few words that can describe just how excited I am for this. Darksiders II was satisfying as hell, and letting the series get a proper conclusion (or continuation) would be even better. What do you think? Is Darksiders in good hands with Nordic? Which studios would you like to see handle a third title in the series?