Crytek USA to bid on Darksiders IP

Studio composed of ex-Vigil staff seeking to acquire its creation

Crytek's US studio is planning to bid on the Darksiders IP when it's up for auction this month.

Crytek USA CEO David Adams revealed the company's interest through a tweet last week. Adams was co-founder and general manager of Darksiders developer Vigil Games, and was one of 36 Vigil employees fired to form Crytek's first American studio.

"Going to bid on Darksiders IP," said Adams. "Put 7 years of heart and soul into that franchise, and I think it belongs at home with its creators."

Destructoid confirmed Crytek's intention to bid with Ryan Stefanelli, another Vigil co-founder who also landed at Crytek USA.

"When the Darksiders IP goes up for auction, Crytek will be bidding for it," Stefanelli added. "Not much more to say since the rest is left up to courts and legal shenanigans, but we're all excited at the prospect."

The court-supervised auction of THQ's remaining IP and assets is already under way. The deadline for initial bids started yesterday, and all lots will be settled on April 15.

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 4 years ago
Crossing my fingers and hoping they aquire it. Nothing better for Darksiders can happen than it to be at home with its creators. On top of that a Darksiders game using the Cry Engine would look awsome.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
Fully agree, Rick.

If this works, it might be the best thing that can happen for the IP.
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Kevin L. Clark Founder, Editor-In-Chief, Fresh Thinking Media Group, LLC4 years ago
Argh! Why can't I just stream these games in my mind?!
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 4 years ago
As long as they stay away from making it a Kinect-enabled game, it should be cool seeing what Crytek US can come up with should they win this IP. And YES, it HAS to be on all home platforms, as Darksiders II was perfectly fine on the Wii U...
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Saehoon Lee Founder & CEO, Pixellore4 years ago
Come on! this got to work! I want to see all the series with all the riders and then final grand game with all of them on it. :D
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David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers4 years ago
I'm not a fan of pouring cold water on things, but keep in mind that Crytek is still saying they have no plans for the Darksiders franchise, Perhaps that will change down the road but I wouldn't look for anything to come from this (if it even does) for a long time.
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