The most surprising news that came from the THQ auction wasn’t the fact that Homefront sold for a paltry $500k, or even that the future of Saints Row and Metro are now in the hands of Dead Island publisher Deep Silver. It was the bizarre news that Darksiders developer Vigil Games was left out in the cold alongside Red Faction and MX vs. ATV, none of which managed to find a home. Thankfully, former THQ president Jason Rubin has confirmed in an interview with Game Informer that “There will be a separate process to sell off the back catalog and IP. That process will take place in the coming weeks.” More after the jump.
I hope Vigil finds a home, and not just because I’m a fan of their Darksiders games. They’re obviously an extremely talented team that has a proven track record of creating amazing games. Rubin was able to shed some light on why the studio wasn’t picked up, saying it was likely because they had only recently begun development of a new game, codenamed Crawler, which made them a riskier purchase than the other studios.
“When the teams got together recently to show each other their titles, Crawler dropped the most jaws. It is a fantastic idea, and truly unique. The fact that nobody bid for the team and title is a travesty. Rubin told Game Informer.
Bayonetta and Vanquish developer Platinum Games has already expressed interest in purchasing both “for cheap.” Perhaps something will come of that.
The silver lining of all this is Red Faction, which THQ had shelved indefinitely after a disappointing reception of Armageddon, may see a sequel, assuming it gets purchased by a studio willing to do something with it.
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