Crytek USA Boss Wants Darksiders Because “It Belongs In The Hands of Its Creators”

Crytek-USA-Boss-Wants-Darksiders-Because-"It-Belongs-in-the-Hands-of-Its-Creators"During the THQ auction, Company of Heroes, Saints Row, Homefront and numerous other franchises were snapped up, yet War and Death were left by the wayside.

No one bid on Darksiders or the game’s developer Vigil Games, leading to the studio closing its doors. This surprised many people because Darksiders and particularly Darksiders II were both well received, critically – even if sales weren’t what THQ hoped for.

Following this, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli approached former Vigil boss David Adams to head up a new studio in Crytek USA. Adams took the offer and is now CEO of the developer, whilst also overseeing a lot of the staff that worked under him at Vigil as they now work under the Crytek banner, also.

The remainder of THQ’s unsold properties will be going to auction in the near future and Adams is keen to make a move on it, as he confirmed on Twitter:

“Looking to buy @Darksiders IP back from #THQ. The IP belongs in the hands of its creators. #PS3#Xbox”

Destructoid confirmed this with Vigil co-founder and principal designer at Crytek USA Ryan Stefanelli, who said:

“When the Darksiders IP goes up for auction, Crytek will be bidding for it. Not much more to say since the rest is left up to courts and legal shenanigans, but we’re all excited at the prospect.”

Darksiders II was most certainly an improvement on the original and the series doesn’t feel finished after two games. I sincerely hope that Crytek USA do pick this IP up and get the opportunity to continue the story of the Horsemen.


  • http://www.MartinJBaker.org.uk/ Martin Baker

    Yes! Yes! A thousand times yet. Even if they did a Kickstarter to raise the funds, I would back that shit instantly. Give me Darksiders III!

  • Rotmm

    I haven’t played either Darksider game, but I seem to recall from reviews that they were both (primarily?) single player games. How would Crytek with their “Single Player is Dead” mantra do anything worthwhile with that ip?

  • Erik

    It’s a strange thing, for them, to broadcast. It’s almost like they want THQ to add a few more zeroes onto the end of the price so Crytek can say THQ priced it out of their range. Crytek can then look like the good guys. Sounds a little too-conspiracy though.

  • http://GodisaGeek.com/ Adam Cook

    Well, there was always the hint of potential four-player co-op, I mean, the ending of the first game really, strongly hinted at “The next game will be all four horsemen”, but it wasn’t.

    If I recall, when we talked to Vigil Games, I’m sure they hinted that multiplayer wasn’t off the cards for future games. But I can’t remember 100%.

    That said? Crytek seems like a really odd fit for the game, but if nobody else is bidding/buying…

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