Lack of Bids for Darksiders Dev Vigil Games "a Travesty," Says THQ President
Written Friday, January 25, 2013 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
THQ President Jason Rubin has called the lack of bids for Darksiders developer Vigil Games “a travesty.”
Rubin said that despite a “herculean effort,” the publisher was not able to generate any interest from buyers at its recent auction, something he believes may have been down to the fact that Vigil was so far from releasing its next game, Crawler.
“Having just finished a product, Vigil was farthest from release of their next game, and we were not able to garner any interest from buyers, despite a herculean effort,” said Rubin.
“Additionally, they were working on a new IP, which meant even more risk for a buyer."
“The best example of this is Vigil’s title, codenamed Crawler,” he added. “When the teams got together recently to show each other their titles, Crawler dropped the most jaws. It is a fantastic idea, and truly unique. The fact that nobody bid for the team and title is a travesty. It makes no sense to me.
“If I weren’t barred from bidding as an insider, I would have been there with my chequebook. I’m sure that’s little consolation to the team, but that’s a fact.”
Vigil Games lead combat designer Ben Cureton also made reference to Crawler, in his much published open letter to fans.
“I knew, without a shadow of the doubt, that the project we were working on (Codenamed: Crawler) was going to blow people away,” he wrote.
“In fact, it DID blow people away. We did, in TWO months, what many companies haven't done in a year. The pride of knowing that no one was doing anything like us was so satisfying, it kept us coming to work and giving 100% every single day, even through the dark times.”