Shock and disbelief must have echoed around the room at Vigil Games as the THQ sale that went through saw nobody bid for the company that brought us the Darksiders series.
The THQ sale saw many divisions of THQ and intellectual properties (IP) being sold to the highest bidder after the publishing giant had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. One of those divisions not picked up was Vigil Games.
Vigil Games was originally founded back in 2005 and formed a part of the THQ family. The same development team that brought Darksiders and Darksiders 2 to light under the THQ banner saw no interest as other companies were bidding for the remainder of THQ's properties.
A thread on NeoGAF was created shortly after the sale which has brought many users talking of fond THQ memories as well as excited parties, eagerly anticipating what the new publishers will bring to older titles. Ben Cureton, lead combat designer at Vigil Games, has put through his own post and describes a desolate office space in what used to be the hustle and bustle of the Darksiders workspace.
In his post, Cureton asks gamers to put themselves in his shoes, trying to imagine what it must feel like when you read through the list of sold licenses and departments only to discover that Vigil Games was not on the list.
“Why? Did we do something wrong? Were we not good enough? Were we not worth 'anything?' Imagine that. Vigil was filled with people that I would put up against the best in the industry. People that made my work better, people that made me a better designer, and people that made me a better person. And now they are gone,” the post reads.
In closing, Cureton thanks the gamers for the continued support they receive at Vigil and states that they will continue making great games.
Perhaps Vigil will be heading towards Kickstarter at some point because it was in the process of working on a project (Codenamed: Crawler) which, according to Cureton’s, would have “blown people away”. He says that his team did in two months what many companies haven’t done in a year.