Update: Just a bit of clarity, thanks to an update via Destructoid. After talking with another co-founder of Vigil, Ryan Stefanelli, they found that it wasn't Adams himself bidding on Darksiders, but Crytek.
"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."
Some may think this whole THQ bankruptcy story is behind us, but there's a devoted few waiting on the edge of their seats still. The Darksiders IP, which wasn't acquired in the initial round of auctions, is still planned to be sold in the coming weeks or months at a smaller event. Fans are worried it may be passed over again, but today they can rest a little more easily.
David Adams, co-founder of Vigil Games and now CEO of the newly formed Crytek USA (formed of over 35 former Vigil Employees), has said over Twitter that he plans on bidding for the IP when it comes to auction. His messages, in which he states he'd love for the IP to come back to its "creators," are short and oh so sweet:
Going to bid on Darksiders IP. Put 7 years of heart and soul into that franchise, and I think it belongs at home with its creators.— David Adams (@DadamsDavid) March 27, 2013
@DadamsDavid) March 27, 2013
It's no secret that Neoseeker editor, Lydia, has a small shrine set up to the Darksiders franchise. Whenever I visit she makes me kneel and pray for the franchise's return. War, Ruin, Death and Despair look down on me disapprovingly, but it's good to hear my prayers have not been in vain. While David may not make the highest bid on the Darksiders franchise, we know now that at least it won't become abandonware.
That said, it's likely that even if David Adams does acquire the IP for Darksiders it's unlikely a new game would be made for quite some time. If Crytek was interested in another Darksiders game, they would have bought Vigil straight up, along with the Darksiders IP when it was first at auction. It's clear they're not interested -- Crytek USA is working on something else.
In the hands of David Adams, however, we could trust the IP will be with someone who cares about the series and its future. Darksiders won't be dying here.