Darksiders won't be left to fade away in licensing limbo, it seems. As of today, the Darksiders series, among many other THQ assets, formally belong to publishing company Nordic Games. What does this mean for Darksiders? No one knows, not even Nordic.
On the bright side, the publisher is reaching out to the gaming community for feedback on how they ought to proceed. A thread went up on Nordic's official forums, allowing gamers to post their thoughts.
Incidentally, one of the first responses comes from Vigil Games co-founder Ryan Stefanelli, asking Nordic to do what Vigil would have done. He posts:
As one of the co-founders of Vigil and the lead level designer/principal designer on both games, all I can say is... make it adventurous.
And do what we would've done: let people know what happens when those other three comets land on Earth! Four player co-op or bust!
Good luck to you guys. You've adopted our baby.
Ryan Stefanelli (now @Crytek)
To that, Nordic's Reinhard Pollice replied:
Naturally we dont have any sure plans for the future of the series as we dont even have a development team.
So for now we will be analysing the situation and try to figure out whats the best option.
One thing is sure: The tale of the four horsemen is not over!
Nordic Games placed the winning bid of $4.9 million USD to acquire more than 150 SKUs across PC and consoles. Among those properties are Red Faction, MX vs. ATV, Titan Quest, Supreme Commander, Frontlines, and Destroy All Humans. The company's Wikipedia page contains a long list of titles that they've published over the years, including Alan Wake PC and Torchlight.
Vigil co-founder David Adams, now CEO of Crytek Austin, revealed in March Crytek's interest in the Darksiders IP, with plans to bid on it at auction. While I would've certainly preferred to see the series go to Crytek, considering they took in a good number of ex-Vigil staff, I remain (cautiously) grateful that Darksiders has found a home. Keep your fingers crossed, folks.