Platinum Games staff express interest in Darksiders

High-profile supporters come out after Vigil Games and Darksiders fail to find a buyer at recent THQ auction.

Staff working for Bayonetta and Vanquish developer Platinum Games have shown an interest in hiring Vigil Games staff and purchasing the rights to the Darksiders franchise, with both the studio and its most notable franchise left by the wayside in yesterday's THQ auction.

After it was revealed that Vigil Games failed to receive any bids at the private auction which saw THQ dismantled and its key IPs sold off, Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba took to Twitter to say (translated by Polygon), "Oh man in THQ's big sale it looks like nobody's bought Darksiders… I'd love to buy that (if it was cheap)."

Lead designer Haydn Dalton also used Twitter to reveal that "there was a shimmer on a slither of hope, that at one point, there'd be a Darksiders III: 4 Player Co-Op; It rode off into the sunset today."

Platinum Games translator and writer JP Kellams then replied to Dalton's tweet: "If anyone is interested in working with/at Platinum let me know how to get ahold of you via DM."

Darksiders lead combat designer Ben Cureton also posted a fond farewell to Vigil Games on NeoGAF. "I can only say thank you to the fans of Vigil games. Your support means more than you can imagine. Your feedback (both positive and negative) gave us long-lasting insight that we will all take with us, wherever we may go. You are the reason we made Darksiders 1 &2… and you are the reason we will continue to make games."

As Vigil Games did not find a buyer, it remains part of THQ's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, with the publisher effectively ceasing operations as of January 25.

"We will make every effort to find appropriate buyers," wrote CEO Brian Farrell in a company-wide email regarding its unsold assets.

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AerLightwing
AerLightwing

T_T Is there an update for this yet?
Was it ever bought?
I pray that Microsoft didn't get their greedy clutches on it.....

Rocket2Uranus
Rocket2Uranus

I'd like to see a giant breast version of Death.  

MmmmHmmmmm make it so

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

Please let this happen. Darksiders 2 is one hell of a good game and i would personally like to play the two reamaining horseman in future games.

And i'm still looking forward to Bayonetta 2 since that's the only reason i will buy a WiiU and it's exclusive to that console.


Elann2008
Elann2008

Platinum Games is a good developer but they are downright terrible at writing, dialogue, and story.  Not to say Darksiders series has any of those categories to brag about, but Vigil is at least better than Platinum in those areas, and probably even gameplay given they had more time to improve with Darksiders 3 and so forth.  

Darksiders 2 was a big improvement over Darksiders 1.  I really had a lot of fun playing it.

If Platinum Games could go back to being as great as they were when they made Vanquish, I would totally support them.

shantd
shantd

Strange, I would've thought (aside from Saints Row) that the Darksiders franchise would've been the first to be snatched up. Vigil REALLY came through with Darksiders II. They damn near improved upon the original in every way. How often does that happen? So lets hope Platinum has the resources to pick up Vigil and keep them together. Heck, it may even cause Vigil to improve as developers. Fingers crossed.

OmegaSabre
OmegaSabre

As long Platinum games are not in the charge of the story it'll be great. But let's be honest Darksiders 2 did have no story at all.

redder1111
redder1111

THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST NEWS EVVEEEERRRRRRRR! HELL YEAAAAH!!!

syler4815162342
syler4815162342

Why they don't want to buy Darksiders it's a great game!!

emersonA2
emersonA2

I Want Darksiders On Ubisoft :(


jark888
jark888

Platinum isn't a very financially successful firm, but very successful from the love of fans stand point. This fact could change positively probably after the launch of Metal Gear Rising. I know any game develop by them is in a good hand.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I would love to see Darksiders continue, but not under Platinum Games. Don't get me wrong. Platinum does great with production and combat, but their stories are just damn horrible. Darksiders would not benefit from being in their hands at all. Darksiders is about scale, story, and gameplay. Platinum Games is only good at the gameplay aspect.

PaulJanson
PaulJanson

I agree, when I bought and play Darksiders 1, it wasn't a great game, the graphics should've been better, it was just a good game, but I saw that it had potential to be as big as God of War, Devil May Cry, Assassin's Creed and other AAA Titles, because it was made by guys with GREAT IDEAS, and that's needed in the gaming industry. The Darksiders universe has many worlds, realms, races. 4 horsemans, each with different journeys, personalities and powers. It had a nice balance of action and RPG. What's not great about that!? 

Wula_
Wula_

Please let platinum handle it. They know how to make good games. And I would be able to rest easy knowing the series will be in good hands and hopefully get a great ending.

evil_m3nace
evil_m3nace

the next horseman should be greed or money(merchant with a scale)....I wonder what the game would be like...probably different then the one we have now

slimskelter
slimskelter

I downloaded the original courtesy of PS Plus last night.

Vendettaaaa
Vendettaaaa

plz platinum games dont let death die. 

Greyfeld
Greyfeld

I loved Bayonetta, I might actually be interested in Darksiders 3 if Platinum picks it up.

Outer_Raven
Outer_Raven

Platinum Games, you buy Vigil Games and Darksiders and I will give you my firstborn...

Gr3gSolidus
Gr3gSolidus

Hopefully they'll turn it into something that isn't grim dark Zelda.
#cautious optomism

Rhys4Peace
Rhys4Peace

ohmygod. the amount of pure awesome platinum could instill into darksiders....just imagine the bosses.....

Vic6933
Vic6933

I really hope this series finds a home.  Mainly so the Vigil staff can continue the series in addition to providing those employees with jobs of course.  And also so they can fix the dlc.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I can't believe there were no bids. Darksiders has still got two games in it. I couldn't think of a better home for the franchise than Platinum. I'd love to see them revert to a more traditional cast for the Horsemen (Famine and Pestilence/Conquest). They could work some serious combat mechanics with those characters.

kratospete
kratospete

Cleraly Platinum wants "to touch it" as much as i do

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

Darksiders is an amazing series and vigil really put teir heart and souls into those games. Please someone buy them. they need to continue to make games.

aryanbrar
aryanbrar

they can buy it as long as they don't pull exclusive to wii u crap. 

Unelmat
Unelmat

Last night when I read that NO ONE put a bid on Vigil,  I became disappointed. I really love to see the team stay together.

Is Darksiders that bad?!! If none of those publishers can see talent and skill in Vigil, then I don't think game industry's is headed n the right direction.

Uruca
Uruca

Tell me who I need to kill to make this possible.

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

I feel so sorry for Vigil. They are nice people...

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

Darksiders would be a real bonanza for any developer. If it was done with care and a few enhancements could see the series continue way beyond part 3. Here's hoping!n

lexluis
lexluis

Oh man... if no one picks Darksiders up, we will never see an other title again

JSusie
JSusie

I don't really care who gets the game as long as they can:

1.  Make a good game.

2. Stop all that multiple preorder bonuses

3. Not have day one DLC

4.  No online Pass

I loved Darksiders 1, but Darksiders 2 fell into the "we must milk every dime possible" pothole that makes me completely ignore the game.

koospetoors
koospetoors

If they can get the team behind Okami to work on a Darksiders sequel then we might just have a very strong Game of the Year candidate.

That is...if they end up buying the IP, still, one can dream!

megatronx2
megatronx2

Platinum DO IT! Darksiders has got potential, just not executed as good as it could be. 

inkyspot
inkyspot

Someone has to buy Darksider, that game is so full of potential and I really enjoy the lore. Come on Platuim Games, put the money on the table. Make a lot of old and new gamers happy,

And Eff the Haters.

OrNiGhTZ
OrNiGhTZ

honestly..would much rather have the creators of Prototype buy out darksiders

OrNiGhTZ
OrNiGhTZ

just when I started getting into the series they pull it right under me...don't screw the continuity, had to put it out there

DanteReal69
DanteReal69

i can not wait love these guys  


it will be epic  i love Darksiders

Nova_Prime_85
Nova_Prime_85

i hope they pick it up and do a reboot

give War the RPG treatment that Death had in part 2, :D

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

Well, after playing Bayonetta and vanquish, I'm glad they have interest in it and hope they get it. Just hoping they go with a strong story and terrific voice acting if they actually get their hands on it.

nini200
nini200

Wow Platinum Games could do some Amazing work with this series.  Can't wait to see what comes of this

tgwolf
tgwolf

If you take on Darksiders, kick the rating back so I can play it, it would be a favor to the game, and besides you wouldn't want to awaken the lingering THQ curse on yourselves...No one is surely that foolish.

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

How sad. THQ's best franchise (in my opinion) failed to get a bid? What the crap? 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

I hope so, even though I've always had an interest in the Darksiders series, I've never actually played the games myself but if Platinum makes the next one, I would definitely pick it up on a heartbeat, still have yet to experience a single game by Platinum (even when they were Clover Studios) that has disappointed me. 

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

Played the Rising demo yesterday... Would pre-order twice if I could.

Darksiders has always been a great franchise to me, although I thought the combat was missing just a little something... If the combat was given the Platinum touch, I could see it becoming one of my favorite games.

Platinum is easily my favorite action developer, especially since Capcom drove away all their talent. Rising has replaced Ninja Gaiden and "DmC" for me in one demo...

natalieyan
natalieyan

dont really care about darksiders, but games developed by Platinum Games = must buy

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Excellent choice, especially if the new MGR is anything to go by.

sacatash
sacatash

I know this is a crazy idea: if Platinum wants to buy Vigil Games and the Darksider franchise, then ask Nintendo for some cash.  Platinum already got Nintendo to finance Bayonetta 2 and Nintendo might take a chance and get Darksiders 3 as an exclusive.