Darksiders spawning art books, statues

THQ taps Udon Entertainment and SOTA Toys to provide first wave of merchandise based on Vigil Games' apocalyptic actioner.

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THQ's Darksiders on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 depicted the death of the world, but it also marked the beginning of a brand. The publisher had planned a sequel for the game when the original was nearly a year away from release and was quick to announce a PC port after the console versions shipped 1.2 million copies in their first four weeks on sale.

It turns out that THQ's plans for the series extend even further. Today the publisher announced merchandising deals with Udon Entertainment and SOTA Toys to make Darksiders art books and collectible statues, respectively.

As this shot from the art book shows, the notoriously shy War likes to keep his face hidden by shadows.

Udon, which gamers may recognize as the studio responsible for Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix's visual face-lift, will be releasing The Art of Darksiders with concept pieces and original work from Joe Madureira. The artist rose to prominence drawing The Uncanny X-Men in the mid-1990s and currently serves as creative director at Vigil Games.

Meanwhile, SOTA Toys will start taking preorders next month for a 14-inch limited-edition statue of Darksiders protagonist War atop his trusty steed, Ruin. No price was announced, but the company's current line of statues runs from $90 to $250.

For those not interested in the art book or the War statue, there is likely more Darksiders loot on the way. SOTA has committed to a line of statues inspired by the game, and THQ described the announcements as the first steps in "an expansive merchandise line" based on the franchise.

Discussion

40 comments
Metallicm
Metallicm

Absolutely Beautiful, brutal and epic game. I hope to see some co-op, in the new game and hopefully the possibility to play as all Four Horsemen. This is kinda like God of War, but with it's own unique touch. It's definately worth to try.

kirmizitavsan
kirmizitavsan

i adore all fellow game creators... that was epic from beginning to end.

vitorrdm
vitorrdm

Great art! The game was awesome!

itsme73
itsme73

ugh, another game that will start the milking phase. First comics, then its own show and toys and etc >__>

green_dominator
green_dominator

given the type of game Darksiders is I'd much rather play Onimusha 5 if Capcom ever gets around to making it.....

death_dealerK
death_dealerK

i had fun beating this game. Its like a gothic, darker version of legend of zelda. I am not surprised this game spawned artbooks and statues

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

I havent beat it yet. Got stupid and started over. But now that my PS3 is not gasping for air, and I got a great set of PS3 branded HDMI 1.3a class HDMI cables I should be good to go! My 1080p HDTV rocks so hard, Glad I bought a Vizio, the only bad thing is the speakers suck, but I got a killer 5.1 in a box system hooked up so my PS3 games come out in 192khrz Stero sound, plus the SRSTrueSurround HD makes the sound depth on my 2.1 settings for my PS3 sound even better, makes it sound better then most sound bars. I also fixed up my dads HDTV (Had lots of Finger prints on the screen, as well as my moms, now they all look great) MY TV should look even better when I get my new pair of glasses! I keep having issues with how sharp, or dull the picture is and I know it's because I need new glasses.

Targzissian
Targzissian

Udon makes great art books and color graphic novels. This could be good.

John_Aguilera
John_Aguilera

I just beat this game a few days ago on the hardest level...great game in my opinion.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

well this is good. udon is known for the capcom comics and everything, so seeing something that joe mad makes(who is known in the 90s for infusing manga into his artwork) in their hands? do it!

edant79
edant79

I swear, Joe Mad is without a doubt the greatest artist in the history of this planet.

dakan45
dakan45

Eagery waiting in that pc version.

Marques123
Marques123

I can't even be upset. i think this is a good deal. More brand recognition is definitely positive my book.

vortex_gw
vortex_gw

@DevilBringeRRR According to GS it's coming out on 16th of September...

DeviLBringeRRR
DeviLBringeRRR

Does any one know when the game is coming to PC i tot it was in jun but it is nearly over

vortex_gw
vortex_gw

I'm so happy that THQ allowed them to make a PC port! I'm buying it for sure! Now they have to announce a PC port of Space Marine and I will be happy for the rest of the year :D

slayersdeath200
slayersdeath200

Darksiders was an enjoyable game to my amazement ive gone back to it a few times hope the sequal is enjoyable as the first aand im glad it wasnt overlooked like many good games are (persona 3 for example).

razorzs
razorzs

my pc says' i want to play this game:)

Pete5506
Pete5506

The game was great, I didn't expect it to be

badtaker
badtaker

Thank you THQ & Vigil Games for making PC port

ThePurpleBubble
ThePurpleBubble

@Arab-man666 Indeed. I loved Darksiders - the fact that it was basically LoZ in disguise didn't hurt ;) However, a sequel... All I'm hoping for is being able to play as Death, after seeing how he is depicted in the art/comic book that comes with the game if you pre-order from Gamestop.

mike468
mike468

Awesome! Udon and Sota did an amazing job with the street fighter license I can't wait for this.

Gen007
Gen007

@santinegrete Dude Darksiders might be good but Bayonetta was amazing. I thought it was better than GOW3 by far and def puts DMC4 to shame. I am however still quite interested in Darksiders after playing that hour long demo. I really like how it pulls elements from many different games into it. The art for it does look great as well.

santinegrete
santinegrete

Oh yeah! Im expecting it to PC, unless I can get a PS3 copy. I'm more eager to play this than bayonetta.

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

darksiders was awesome, and the art is great. if i ever get the chance to buy a statue or the artbook, i will.

requul1
requul1

More darksiders...? Tasty news. Maybe we'll get to play as Death or Famine. I wonder what it would be like to play as Famine...

cjasko94
cjasko94

Similar to god of war mixed with legend of zelda

Arab-man666
Arab-man666

Tremendously under-rated game. It had the gameplay elements and pussles you'd expect from Zelda, a pinch of Devil May Cry swordplay, a badass character, and a huge world to explore.

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

would have been a cool pre order bonus but as for actually buying them.....well i didnt like the game enough too go buy this stuff. Good game though.

spazzx625
spazzx625

That game was my surprise hit of 2009...This is pretty rad.

DarthBlivion
DarthBlivion

Storywise it was better than God of War, so I thought they would continue with another graphic novel. Can't say I'd buy action figures or artbooks, although Darksiders has great art.

GREENSLIPPERS
GREENSLIPPERS

darksiders was not even very much that good. i do not see why would book and statues.

monson21502
monson21502

im sorry but im not that young or geeky to be hyped for these