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'Darksiders is not dead' says ex-creative director

"Hopefully we will all have exciting news about the franchise soon"

Acclaimed comic book artist and former Vigil Games creative director Joe Madureira has suggested that a new Darksiders related announcement is on the way.

Posting on his Facebook page, Madureira answered a number of questions posed by fans about his current projects, which include a new comic series for Marvel and returning to his much-loved Battlechasers series.


Also addressed was whether there's still life in the Darksiders property. "[Darksiders] is not dead!!! The new owner, Nordic seems very committed to continuing the series," Madureira said.

"As far as my involvement, I can't say at this point. Hopefully we will all have exciting news about the franchise soon!!!!!!"

The Darksiders intellectual property was acquired by Nordic Games during THQ's bankruptcy sale in April 2013. The Sweden-based company also picked up Red Faction, MX vs. ATV, Supreme Commander, Frontlines, Stuntman, Juiced, Full Spectrum Warrior, Destroy All Humans "and more".

Nordic Games CEO Lars Wingefors said at the time that the company had been approached by parties interested in developing new entries in the franchises it had acquired, but that he was in no rush to put out "a shitty sequel".

"We have to be very honest," he said. "I am a business man within the games industry. We are not the creative, talented developer that brings out new versions in house.

"I understand the potential of the IPs. I respect the original creators and the creative people who are able to create sequels ... we have been contacted and there have been a few discussions but I can't confirm names.

"I'm impressed with the love and interest that those IPs, especially Darksiders, are bringing it. You can see Nordic Game as a middle man in order to create great new sequels. If we can find the right team with the right terms, I'm sure we can find the right financial solution to make it happen."

Following the collapse of THQ, core staff from Darksiders studio Vigil - which THQ failed to auction off - were recruited by Crytek to form a new Austin, Texas-based studio.