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Old 01-23-2013, 08:48 PM   #1
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Darksiders Franchise has failed to find a buyer...

THQ is finished. Every single franchise and developer has found a buyer. Except Darksiders. Apparently Vigil was going to attempt to acquire it. They didn't. So, unless something changes real fast, this is the end of the line for this series.

Words cannot describe how disgusted I am with the industry right now. This is easily one of the better IPs to come out of this generation of consoles. And no one could be bothered to save it.

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Old 01-23-2013, 08:53 PM   #2
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I've not played Darksiders but it saddens me that a well received series may not be able to continue.
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Sad to see that Darksiders is going to be discontinued. I'm also not sure Metro is in good hands with Deep Silver.
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Sad to see that Darksiders is going to be discontinued. I'm also not sure Metro is in good hands with Deep Silver.
While this is definitely bad news. Nothing is set in stone. They may still find a buyer. But the fact that they didn't during the auction is not good at all. But don't write off Darksiders just yet.

Also.

Metro was purchased by Deep Silver's parent company, Koch. Deep Silver won't have anything to do with it, since they're just a developer, and have their hands full with Dead Island. But I'd honestly worry about this as well. Koch is a relatively new, generic publisher with really only Dead Island under it's roof. And while Dead Island was okay. It wasn't stellar. Let's just hope the mentality that sales equal quality doesn't translate to their newly acquired IPs.

This whole situation sucks. But in all honesty, THQ has been pushing their luck for years.
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So, did the individual offers exceed the $60 million offered by that capital group?

Because if they don't, the capital group (the name escapes me at the moment) gets to purchase THQ entirely and THQ will remain in control of their IPs.

This was what THQ were originally trying to pull off until a bankruptcy judge said, "Whoa, hold on a second..."
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Meh, not my type of game. I rather see some new IPs rather than a steady flow of sequels.

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So, did the individual offers exceed the $60 million offered by that capital group?

Because if they don't, the capital group (the name escapes me at the moment) gets to purchase THQ entirely and THQ will remain in control of their IPs.

This was what THQ were originally trying to pull off until a bankruptcy judge said, "Whoa, hold on a second..."
Clearlake Captital Group and yes.

http://www.kccllc.net/documents/1213...0000000004.pdf

I'm sad to see that Relic got picked up by SEGA
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This sucks, I would have loved to see the Darksiders series continue and improve over time. Maybe something will happen yet, but I doubt it at this point.
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This is bullshit. So another series that I love is going to be discontinued? Hopefully someone will acquire the franchise someday and continue it. I truly despise the gaming industry sometimes.
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Does Darksiders have MP?
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Meh, not my type of game. I rather see some new IPs rather than a steady flow of sequels.


Clearlake Captital Group and yes.

http://www.kccllc.net/documents/1213...0000000004.pdf

I'm sad to see that Relic got picked up by SEGA
Relic being picked up by Sega is much better than Bethesda, trust me. Bethesda would have no clue what to do with it.

Anyways, Platinum Games seems to have expressed interest in Darksiders.
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Relic being picked up by Sega is much better than Bethesda, trust me. Bethesda would have no clue what to do with it.

Anyways, Platinum Games seems to have expressed interest in Darksiders.
That's good to hear. I really like Platinum Games. They always do great work. So I'd be happy if they acquired the IP. A little crazy Japanese flair that Platinum is known for could really invigorate this series in my opinion. I hope this ends up happening.
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2 of Platinum Games top guys have tweeted hinting towards wanting to buy Darksiders and hire Vigil Game staff. I really hope the Darksiders Franchise gets saved especially after the head of Vigil said Darksiders 3, 4 player co-op was on the cards.
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2 of Platinum Games top guys have tweeted hinting towards wanting to buy Darksiders and hire Vigil Game staff. I really hope the Darksiders Franchise gets saved especially after the head of Vigil said Darksiders 3, 4 player co-op was on the cards.
I hope this is true I'd hate to see such a great series end like this
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yikes. Hope they find a way to make it happen.
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If nobody buys Darksiders to continue the series, then the game industry truly has failed us all.
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So does this mean i will be able to pick up both DS 1+2 for cheap cheap cheap ??
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I'm not sad, I'm kind of happy. Darksiders is a very overrated franchise. Sure, they have some novel ideas when it comes to story telling but everything else about the universe including the gameplay is utterly prosaic and forgettable.

I can wager you this: you can miss playing a DS game and still not miss out on much. You can play a DS game and be somewhat satisfied. It's what I would like to call a filler game. A decent enough game to play in between bigger and better releases.

In the end, this is about evolution. Survival of the fittest. The fact of the matter is that DS is just not good enough of a franchise to survive. But honestly? They should have killed off Metro too, also very overrated.
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I for one is sad to see the possible end of this franchise this soon and in such an abrupt way. I really liked the first game and what I've played of the second game I liked as well.

It's a sad state of affairs (in my opinion) if only the generic shooters and yearly sports games manage to sell in big figures. Still it is as in any market the fittest who survive in the end. If not enough customers buy the game it will lead to game studio problems in the end. Having said that Darksiders II did ship alot of copies, close to 1.4 million so it wasn't a bad sell as such. I guess the main problem was that it was a supposed "studio saver" and it failed to sell well enough to achieve that.

Oh, and Hoborg it is pretty clear that you didn't like the Darksiders serie but your personal views really aren't general facts. Neither are mine obviously. People are entitled to think and like whatever they want. As it should be.
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I'm not sad, I'm kind of happy. Darksiders is a very overrated franchise. Sure, they have some novel ideas when it comes to story telling but everything else about the universe including the gameplay is utterly prosaic and forgettable.

I can wager you this: you can miss playing a DS game and still not miss out on much. You can play a DS game and be somewhat satisfied. It's what I would like to call a filler game. A decent enough game to play in between bigger and better releases.

In the end, this is about evolution. Survival of the fittest. The fact of the matter is that DS is just not good enough of a franchise to survive. But honestly? They should have killed off Metro too, also very overrated.
The series wasn't overrated. If anything, it was underrated. How many new IPs, aside from Gears, started during this console generation? And were succeful enough to launch sequels? I'd wager that Gears and Darksiders were the only two. That's a hell of an accomplishment in an industry overrun with sequels.

Maybe you didn't like it. But that doesn't mean they didn't do a hell of a job creating an original IP that had successfully started a franchise.

And this "evolution" you speak of? Get your head out of your ass. Vigil and Darksiders didn't fail. Darksider 2 sales may not have been stellar. But it released in August. August is a bad month for sales. And it still sold well enough to warrant a port to the Wii-U.

Fact is, again. Vigil and Darksiders did not fail. THQ did.
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The series wasn't overrated. If anything, it was underrated. How many new IPs, aside from Gears, started during this console generation? And were succeful enough to launch sequels? I'd wager that Gears and Darksiders were the only two. That's a hell of an accomplishment in an industry overrun with sequels.
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How about:
Dead Space
Batman
Kane and Lynch
Army of Two
Dead Island
Assassin's Creed
Crackdown
Portal
Battlefield Bad Company
Dark souls
Ghost Recon
Dead Rising
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Need I go on Sir?
Please do, I'm laughing so hard right now...
"Only Gears and Darksiders"

On topic, Darksiders going away would be a terrific waste that's for sure...
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I'm not sad, I'm kind of happy. Darksiders is a very overrated franchise. Sure, they have some novel ideas when it comes to story telling but everything else about the universe including the gameplay is utterly prosaic and forgettable.

I can wager you this: you can miss playing a DS game and still not miss out on much. You can play a DS game and be somewhat satisfied. It's what I would like to call a filler game. A decent enough game to play in between bigger and better releases.

In the end, this is about evolution. Survival of the fittest. The fact of the matter is that DS is just not good enough of a franchise to survive. But honestly? They should have killed off Metro too, also very overrated.
you are just an all around straight up buzz kill arent you?
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How about:
Dead Space
Batman
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Army of Two
Dead Island
Assassin's Creed
Crackdown
Portal
Battlefield Bad Company
Dark souls
Ghost Recon
Dead Rising
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Saints Row
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Overlord
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Borderlands

Need I go on Sir?
These sequels suck :P
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I'm honestly surprised that the Metro series managed to get a buyer but Darksiders didn't. Darksiders is one of my favorite series in recent years so hopefully there will be a Darksiders 3 without sacrificing much.

Also, Sony Santa Monica is showing interest in acquiring the series
"Darksiders is one of those games with all sorts of potential that never quite accomplishes what it sets out to do. As a PlayStation exclusive running on Sony’s next-gen system, however, it could be spectacular."

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That's good to hear. I really like Platinum Games. They always do great work. So I'd be happy if they acquired the IP. A little crazy Japanese flair that Platinum is known for could really invigorate this series in my opinion. I hope this ends up happening.
"Japanese flair" in Darksiders? HAHAHA NO THANKS.

Also, LOL at the person who said Darksiders is overrated.
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I'm honestly surprised that the Metro series managed to get a buyer but Darksiders didn't. Darksiders is one of my favorite series in recent years so hopefully there will be a Darksiders 3 without sacrificing much.

Also, Sony Santa Monica is showing interest in acquiring the series
"Darksiders is one of those games with all sorts of potential that never quite accomplishes what it sets out to do. As a PlayStation exclusive running on Sony’s next-gen system, however, it could be spectacular."


No and hopefully it stays that way if the series does continue.


"Japanese flair" in Darksiders? HAHAHA NO THANKS.

Also, LOL at the person who said Darksiders is overrated.
I'd hate for it to be a PS exclusive, seeing as how that would cut out a decent portion of the people who originally played it (including me). That being said, it's better for there to be a PS exclusive game I'll probably never play than no game at all (see: Bayonetta 2).
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