Yesterday, a bunch of studios and properties owned by THQ were auctioned off to other games publishers from around the world. Many of them found new homes, with Relic and the Company of Heroes series going to Sega and Ubisoft making a grab for South Park: The Stick of Truth. Some of the others weren’t so lucky, with Darksiders developer Vigil Games not receiving any bids and remaining a part of THQ’s chapter 11 proceedings.
There are plenty of Darksiders fans who were saddened to hear that Vigil hadn’t found a new owner, but hope isn’t entirely lost yet. In a new interview with Game Informer, THQ president Jason Rubin touched briefly on what will happen to the IP and studios that weren’t sold off in yesterday’s auction. According to him, THQ’s remaining properties will be sold off in a “separate process” sometime down the road.
“There will be a separate process to sell off the back catalog and IP,” Rubin said “That process will take place in the coming weeks.” Rubin didn’t get into detail about this separate process, so we’ll have to wait and see what the company has planned. Take heart, Darksiders fans, because the franchise may not be dead yet.
In fact, after the results of the auction were announced yesterday, we heard that Platinum Games might be interested in buying up Darksiders. Platinum would probably only buy the IP and not Vigil, so that may ruffle some feathers with fans of the studio. You never know though – maybe a different company will swoop in to buy Vigil and all of its properties before everything is said and done. Stay tuned.