Bayonetta dev willing to buy Darksiders... for cheap

Platinum Games expresses interest in Vigil's franchise

In the dog pile that was THQ's selloff, one studio and franchise remained completely untouched. Vigil Games received no bids and no one placed a bid on the Darksiders franchise. Without a purchaser the fan-favorite franchise is consigned to the funeral pyre.

In a tweet, Platinum Games executive director Atsushi Inaba said that he'd be interested in the franchise if he could pick it up for cheap.

"In THQ studio and IP selling off auction, Darksiders is unsold? [We] wanna buy it...on the cheap," said Inaba in a tweet translated by Kotaku.

The message doesn't indicate any serious interest in the title, but the mere thought probably lit up the hearts of a number of despondent fans.

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Latest comments (16)

Michael Revis Writer, NerdReactor.com5 years ago
I'd be okay with this. Hell, Platinum would probably even make the franchise actually enjoyable instead of a weak Zelda clone.
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Anthony Gowland Consulting F2P Game Designer, Ant Workshop5 years ago
Yes, all of us western developers would be mighty embarrassed. What drivel.
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Kai Oehler Game Designer 5 years ago
THQ is bankrupt, they will sell the franchise to any buyer, 'embarrassing' or not.
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Seb Downie Producer, Guerrilla Games5 years ago
yeah right. THQ would never sell it off for cheap to the Japanese. Do you have any idea how embarrassing it would be for western developers if Platinum made this game into a success. Darksiders 1 was OK, Darksiders 2 sucks.
What? What on earth has it got to do with them being Japanese or otherwise, let alone there being any embarrassment for a 'western' dev, let alone the plural. Care to elaborate?
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Surely if a developer can make something of the IP, it doesnt matter whether its whatever it is.
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Tameem Antoniades Creative Director & Co-founder, Ninja Theory Ltd5 years ago
The only thing embarrassing here is that statement Andrew. Try GameFaqs or 4Chan. You may find a more sympathetic audience there.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Tameem Antoniades on 24th January 2013 12:30pm

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Seb Downie Producer, Guerrilla Games5 years ago
If I am not mistaken, Sega is still Japanese and they picked up Relic, so your argument is not only insulting and completely off the mark, but also factually wrong. I smell troll.
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 5 years ago
Darksiders would benefit inmensly if Platinum buys it. Platinum are experts at over the top action games, something that fits in comforatibly with darksiders, because of its characters and lore. I love Darksiders, but found it often pretty slow, the pacing of the game needed improvments. Sometimes Im invested in the story, it moves along well with a few action segmants, then I stumble in an area where i killed all enemies and am hours trying to solve a puzzle, move boxes and stuff around. This is the only thing that I dont like, but if aquired by platinum, it would be great, cause they never allow a player to "stay still" in there games for long. Im not talking about taking away puzzle elements from the game, but the pacing of the game can improve.
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Seb Downie Producer, Guerrilla Games5 years ago
So lets roll this back to the beginning because I think we've veered off course a bit.
Because there was a twitter-based comment of "we wanna buy it on the cheap" rather than an official auction bid from Platinum that is hard to take seriously western press and developers are inherently racist? Sorry you feel that way, but I think a couple of snide media comments about the supposed 'decline of the Japanese industry' or CliffyB moaning about Res doesn't really underline the argument. The British Gaming Industry has been getting a kicking for decades along these lines with only some of it justified. Pretty sure all devs get equal kickings, not just Japanese ones.
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Michael Revis Writer, NerdReactor.com5 years ago
So tell me how do you think I feel when the western press attack Japanese developers and the entire industry as a whole?
Because even high profile Japanese developers have been criticizing the Japanese gaming industry because of how they have made very little advancement in their products, while the rest of the world is evolving the industry. Platinum Games is one of the few examples of a Japanese company that's not afraid to try different things and expand for a wider audience.

I think you're the only one with any xenophobia problems here.
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Craig Page El Presidente, Awesome Enterprises5 years ago
If the Japanese were to buy this game and make it successful. Then (as a western developer) my embarrassment would be so great, I would have no choice but to carry out seppuku.
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How posts here on GamesIndustry have fallen :(. If this keeps up, I'll have to abandon this site, just like the ones before it.

On-topic - *someone* needs to pick up Darksiders. Surely the IP has some value? Heck, I'll put in a bid for it!
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Peter Bond Studying Art & Design, University of Bedfordshire5 years ago
@ Michael Shamgar: Just ignore the posts, as comments are freedom of speech, if you don't like them, don't get involved in them :)
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Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games5 years ago
DarkSiders is an IP with potential and Platinum could do nice things with it if they really wanted to grab it.
i think the "buy it on the cheap" comment was a humorous attempt! it has been given ludicrous proportions.
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Torgeir Hagland Sr Programmer, Gaikai Inc.5 years ago
I'm not sure of the details of this bidding process... But surely there must have been some starting bid set? Perhaps that was set too high? Otherwise I could have bought the IP of Darksiders for $100? That would be crazy.
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Nuttachai Tipprasert Programmer 5 years ago
@Ylannis I think he really meant what he said. Platinum Games is a middle-size developer, not publisher. They still need SEGA and Nintendo for publishing their games. I don't think they have enough money to buy another IP let alone entire studio. I think Inaba-san really feel sorry for Darksider and want to keep the IP alive but his company just doesn't have enough money to spend.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Nuttachai Tipprasert on 25th January 2013 1:01am

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