In what must be the last news I expected to break late on a Sunday night, Darksiders may be back. Yes, Vigil Game's most inspired franchise about the four horsemen of the apocalypse could be on the verge of resurrection. Joe Madureira, Creative Director for the Darksiders series and the artist behind the game's unique style, provided an update on the franchise via Facebook. The heart of his message being "DS is not dead!!!" and that he hopes to share news soon.
Considering the last we heard of Darksiders was from new owner Nordic Games, who picked up the franchise via auction, stating they were excited about the series' potential. Of course, they've said something similar about the dozen other franchises' that they have sitting, gathering dust. Madureira's update, however, should thaw some of that lost energy fans set into hibernation after Vigil's dissolution:
"Darksiders-- DS is not dead!!! The new owner, Nordic seems very committed to continuing the series. As far as my involvement, I can't say at this point. Hopefully we will all have exciting news about the franchise soon!!!!!!
Oh Joe, how you tease us so, but in doing so fill our hearts with hope. To know that Darksiders is alive and not meant to fade and die on a shelf in a publisher's closet is a gift. As a gamer I feel greed. I feel the want and need to know more, to know what's in store, but nonetheless I'll fall asleep with a smile and wake more cheerful than I'd have otherwise. Darksiders is alive!
It's in me, this speculation -- I can't help it. Could Joe and Nordic Games be working on a sequel? That would of course be the grandest of aspirations for Darksiders faithful. Nordic Games is no Vigil, however, and so a sequel would also be met with some trepidation. Perhaps it's not a game at all and Joe's licensed the property to make a comic out of. He hasn't returned to the gaming industry since THQ dissolved, so a comic rather than a game might be more sensible. Ah, dare I even say it? Should we expect a Kickstarter?
There is, realistically, the possibility that Joe's excitement got the best of him. Perhaps in saying that Darksiders is not dead, he meant to imply that it's still currently in the state of when last we heard -- sitting in Nordic Games' storage, a sticky note attached stating, "Maybe some day." I'd hope even Joe wouldn't imply the franchise is still alive unless something actionable was currently happening.
Let's pray Joe Madureira's Darksiders news comes sooner rather than later. That he's even able to say as much is a kindness. Of course, knowing this, waiting for any more details is quite the curse. How very Darksiders of Joe.