THQ Auction: Wait, What About Vigil Games (Darksiders)?
In case you hadn’t heard, THQ–the troubled video game publisher whose financial problems have been well documented over the last year–was finally auctioned off earlier today. In a letter to his employees, THQ CEO Jason Rubin outlined how the company’s assets would be divided among several buyers:
- Sega agreed to purchase Relic
- Koch Media agreed to purchase Volition and Metro
- Crytek agreed to purchase Homefront
- Take 2 agreed purchase Evolve and
- Ubisoft agreed to purchase Montreal and South Park
That all sounds fine, and it’s good to see that folks at those companies will still have jobs. Of course, missing from that list is any sort of “[Someone] agreed to buy Vigil Games, creator of the Darksiders series.”
Rubin’s letter goes on to explain the current situation at Vigil, which doesn’t sound all that good. Or bad, necessarily. It’s noncommittal. You’ll see, here:
Some assets, including our publishing businesses and Vigil, along with some other intellectual properties are not included in the sale agreements. They will remain part of the Chapter 11 case. We will make every effort to find appropriate buyers, if possible.
While the Darksiders games have never sold astronomically (Back in November, THQ reported Darksiders II had moved 1.4 million units), they’re fun games, they reviewed well (here’s Metacritic, here’s Game Front’s review) they do some cool things, and it would be sad if this was the end.
Don’t count them out, of course. Vigil Games could find a buyer. One can only hope.
Check out Game Front’s video walkthrough of Darksiders II, for reference