No new Darksiders in 2013

Nordic Games confirms series won't return this year; "I don't believe in bringing out a sh**** sequel," says new owner.

The Darksiders series will remain dormant for the duration of 2013, new owner Nordic Games has confirmed. Speaking with Game Informer, CEO Lars Wingefors said the company plans to speak with partners to discuss the future of the Darksiders brand in the coming week.

"Officially, we haven't talked to any partners. My colleagues in Austria are handling the business development and are handling all those contacts. We'll be sitting down, I think, in the next week to discuss all those options," Wingefors said. "It takes a very long time to make games. You won't see a new Darksiders this year. I don't believe in bringing out a s***** sequel."

Crytek USA, which is staffed by a number of former Vigil Games developers, has expressed interest in working on future games in the series.

Wingefors also detailed Nordic Games' position as it relates to the future of the brands it acquired for $4.9 million yesterday, which include Darksiders, Red Faction, and MX vs. ATV. He said Nordic Games will not develop any future installments internally, but will instead seek out external partnerships to extend the franchises.

"I'm impressed with the love and interest that those IPs, especially Darksiders, are bringing it. You can see Nordic Game as a middleman in order to create great new sequels," Wingefors said. "If we can find the right team with the right terms, I'm sure we can find the right financial solution to make it happen."

Since the auction results were published yesterday, Wingefors said Nordic Games had received calls from interested parties and some discussions were held, though he declined to give any greater detail.

"We have to be very honest. I am a business man within the games industry. We are not the creative, talented developer that brings out new versions in house," Wingefors stated. "I understand the potential of the IPs. I respect the original creators and the creative people who are able to create sequels. In the past 24 hours, we have been contacted and there have been a few discussions (but I can't confirm names)."

Last summer's Darksiders II is the most recent entry in the series. It launched in August for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, later coming to Wii U as a launch title. For more, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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ZANRY0
ZANRY0

if they would allow external help like from the ex-vigil games employees at crytek they could flourish this franchise with new life and enthousiastic gamers who would buy the sequel. with their knowledge of the franchise and the great graphics crytek can produce you can have a great game. I sencerely hope that they would. 

DoomBFG86
DoomBFG86

When the time comes, I hope it's good.

DreamingOfSouls
DreamingOfSouls

That's actually not a bad thing. The new owner kind if doesn't have a lot to go on other than the fact Death brought back man. What can or could he possibly do?

asifah30
asifah30

This is no place for a horse.

frylock616
frylock616

Thats funny because Nordic puts out nothing but shit games.

iomor27
iomor27

The DS series are great, to me. I hope they keep them running and don't change up too much within them. There are two more Horsemen left. I hope we get to see them at some point.

CaptainGamespot
CaptainGamespot

who the hell expected darksiders 3 to release 2013 when new owners just got ip in april 2013? 

Juris88
Juris88

I really hope that they don't fuck up this game series

brvnbld
brvnbld

Darksiders series were great. they had story blended right into the gameplay,although graphics was poor. hope some developer maintains the same story and brings out a game with great graphics.

spike6958
spike6958

Well at least they have the right mindset, but I still wish it had gone to Crytek, seeing how most of the series original developers are now there.

pakhair
pakhair

Love Darksiders, just wishing a good developer gets it

naruto0187
naruto0187

"It takes a very long time to make games. You won't see a new Darksiders this year. I don't believe in bringing out a s***** sequel." 

AC 3 was the first thing that came to my mind as I read this. The developers of the AC series should read this sentence. LOL.

Darmage
Darmage

"It takes a very long time to make games. You won't see a new Darksiders this year. I don't believe in bringing out a s***** sequel." Obviously some production companies didn't get the memo, kudos to this man. 

Fhabjouqa
Fhabjouqa

Actually I am happy for that decision, to make a good game you need time, not a game every year for example Assassin's creed 3 was the worst game I played last year, none of the elements inside that game was compatible with each other. I played Darksiders 1 and even though 1 looks  like a mixture of games but it did had wonderful story, darksiders 2 was great with a good story and nice fun combat...... so hope to give the sequel some time to make it good.

ADO300
ADO300

i hope they get to work with platinum games on this one =) & a new horsemen of apocalypse! we still need to play is famine & pestilance!

Episode23
Episode23

i did not even bother touching the second one because i do not like to feel like deja vu when paying full retail price. played the first one and thought is was a horrible zelda-clone. it is totally beyond me why people are buying sequels when they are obviously just the same game all over again.

tightwad34
tightwad34

OK.... I wasn't expecting this, hell never even thought about it. Nothing to see here, move along.

VictorDJ10
VictorDJ10

I like how everyone is basically (and seemingly purposely) ignoring the fact that Platinum Games wants to work on Darksiders, but only Crytek USA is getting mentioned.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I hope they make the third one right. I love the first two, but I worry that they may not focus on the other two horseman.

Kickable
Kickable

So I guess a franchise taking more than a year per title is noteworthy now, what the fack

The3rdGracchus
The3rdGracchus

I appreciate the candor. I also like how they want to work with the original licence holder. Good stuff. I hope it works out for them.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

bad sequel ? and here i thought the series was good..... not perfect.... but a very welcome franchise in my book.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Any game any game developer wants to bring up over a long period must do it in a way that leaves time for the player to enjoy the game fully and to digest the game, 2-3 years is the best period to put between games, it allows players to enjoy the game and developers to better come up with the next chapter in the series, this extends to all of game development not just one franchise....

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

You don't need to worry about bringing out a shitty sequel - it's already out.  It's called Darksiders 2

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

i hope nordic games partnered with crytek USA

greatryoman
greatryoman

I like the mythology driven story of the first game. In the second they basically started pulling dwarves and what-have-you out their ass, and while I think that could have been done cooly...it really wasn't. They didn't even TRY to tie it in to the close-knit narrative of the first game, and it's deep mythology. The best they did was a handwave going 'This is related to that. Trust me. We're not gonna show ya, but we said so, so accept it.'


Tighten up the story a bit more, and Darksiders could be better than ever.

Outer_Raven
Outer_Raven

And now we play the waiting game...

Can I play DS3 now? How about now? How about now? How about now? How about now? How about now? How about now? How about now? How about now? How about now?

brxricano
brxricano

And now....*squints*....we wait.

krystyla
krystyla

since when is austria in the game market piranha bytes shut down years ago

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

I liked Darksiders 1 more than the 2nd. They were both good, but I like the first one becuase it felt like a mature Zelda clone type game. Something we need more of. The 2nd game was too far a departure to feel like a zelda clone. 

CloudYildiz
CloudYildiz

Good move.

Take several years for my part to flesh out a game with better gameplay and better story.

pakhair
pakhair

@naruto0187 AC 3 took 3 years development and was mostly made by same team behind AC2.

fourclawrider
fourclawrider

@ADO300 little question about that, I thought the 4 horsemen were war, death, plague/pestilence and famine. yet the game names the last 2 as fury and strife.

Why?

konstantinxy
konstantinxy

@Episode23 Darksiders and Darksiders 2 are vastly different games, only the combat and a few features here and there are similiar.

Salehjamal
Salehjamal

@Thanatos2k Frankly, I found D2 much more tedious than D1. The pace also deteriorated pretty quickly near the end and the ending was anticlimactic.

I enjoyed D1 more and War is just much more badass than Death IMO.

rasputin177
rasputin177

@Thanatos2k Although, it may have seemed like a logical joke at the time the fact the second game is actually better then the first undermines its very esscence.

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

@greatryoman  i agree if the story get weaker because the game become open world . but i always support the developer who try something new instead using the same formula .

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

@inaka_rob so you said that this game are good because it's clone other great game , and became bad because trying something new that turn out good??

Fryboy101
Fryboy101

@inaka_rob i have to disagree with you. the departure is why i like DS2 more than 1

Kickable
Kickable

@tightwad34 @Kickable eh I don't blame Gamespot I'll read even the most trivial news.  i'm just used to being uneasy about Assassin's Creed or COD quality, now I'm paranoid that we're in for a yearly wave of shit when companies are reassuring us they'll be doing things differently.  I'm just overreacting :P

skayj2
skayj2

@Salehjamal @Thanatos2k I agree with you on the odd pacing and anti-climactic ending

Though I do think that DS2 was the better game overall. The combat was much more fun, the world felt much more alive and the level design was pretty good too. I also loved the rpg elements they put in the game (though it felt tacked on and it would've been great if they properly integrated it into the game). Even though it had many flaws, the gameplay in DS2 was just better than the gameplay in DS1.

And for this reason I think that I prefer Death to War (while I do agree War is more badass), I just felt more of a connection to Death in DS2 than I did with War in DS1.

jeffrobin
jeffrobin

@Salehjamal @Thanatos2k Yeah, really liked the first one second one didn't do it for me, too unfocused and large stretches of nothing. The dungeons were very samey too and I kept on forgetting where I was as they all seemed the same especially at the beginning. Too me the first one was a lot tighter and focused and drew me along. Yeah and Death as a character just didn't do it for me would have been better if he was last and more horrifying, should have chosen Famine or Pestilence (or whatever Vigil called their versions) 

Hope the next one is more like the first but glad someone has picked up the license and looks to be taking it seriously.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@rasputin177 @Thanatos2k The RPG equipment system was complete garbage.  Darksiders 1 was like a happy mixture of God of War and Zelda.  Darksiders 2 took the receipe, threw crap into the pot, and stirred.

Poodger
Poodger

@acelogan1989 @greatryoman I don't. Using the same formula for sequels is a good thing. It is the content that is supposed to change. People are looking for a similar game in a sequel... everything they loved about the previous game(s) but with new worlds to explore and things to do.