Vigil Games cofounder leaves

Cofounder and creative director Joe Madureira departs THQ-owned Darksiders studio after seven years to "move on to new adventures."

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If a third Darksiders is made, it will be done so without Vigil Games cofounder and creative director Joe Madureira. The developer announced recently that he is parting ways with the Austin, Texas-based developer after seven years and two games: the original Darksiders and its sequel.

If THQ keeps Death running, Madureira won't be at the helm.
If THQ keeps Death running, Madureira won't be at the helm.

"I'm afraid the time has come for me to move on to new adventures," he said in an update to his Facebook page. "I could not be more proud of what we achieved, or the awesome people who helped build up this studio. I can safely say Vigil's future is in very good hands, so expect only awesomeness down the road. This feels surreal…I miss the place already."

Madureira said he will talk in detail about his next endeavor in the coming months. However, in the short term, he said he is focusing on "banging out a bunch of comics," but did not elaborate on this.

Madureira founded Vigil Games in 2005 alongside David Adams, Marvin Donald, and Ryan Stefanelli. The company was acquired by THQ in 2006 for an undisclosed sum. Prior to creating Vigil Games, Madureira spent 20 years at comic book company Marvel, where he worked on the Deadpool, Uncanny X-Men, Ultimates, and Avenging Spider-Man franchises.

Vigil Games' most recent project was this summer's well-received Darksiders II. It released in August and was the month's best-selling title in the United States. No future projects for Vigil Games have been announced.

Darksiders II will be a launch title for the Wii U in North America on November 18.

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