The Darksiders series may be back one day, according to the former creative director of Vigil Games, Joe Madureira. The studio may have been closed and the team bought by Crytek, but Nordic Games, the new owner of Darksiders, seems to be committed to bring the license back on the market.
The information comes from Madureira’s Facebook account where he published a long post with answers to questions he got from the fans. One of them was: “4) Darksiders– DS is not dead!!! The new owner, Nordic seems very committed to continuing the series. As far as my involvement, I can’t say at this point. Hopefully we will all have exciting news about the franchise soon!!!!!! “.
This information has not been confirmed yet with Nordic Games, but it would be interesting to see who the company will get to develop the third entry in the franchise. The European publisher bought the Darksiders licence along with Red Faction, MX vs. ATV,Supreme Commander, Frontlines, Stuntman, Juiced, Full Spectrum Warrior and Destroy All Humans in the aftermath of THQ’s closing last year. At the time, asked by Polygon if these franchises will continue, Nordic’s CEO, Lars Wingefors, had this to say:
“We will look into all possibilities, but I don’t want to repeat the mistakes of THQ and bring out unprofitable products. Then your days are over. You need to find the right team and build a smart business model around it. I do think there is great potential, most of these games have sold in the millions. There is a love for these titles. Red Faction has millions of fans. They were disappointed with the last installment, but I think there is potential in it. And of course Darksiders, everyone, everyone would like to see something come from that.”
Considering Madureira’s statement, it seems that Nordic has started planning for a new Darksiders, and probably even talked to some people about it. There is no doubt that fans will be glad if the new owner can get members of the original team to work on the next game in the series.