THQ President Jason Rubin Explains Lack of Vigil Sale
In the wake of THQ’s dissolution and sale to various publishers, many have been wondering why Darksiders developer Vigil has gone unsold. While Platinum Games has made a public show of interest in the studio, the fact that they didn’t buy it during the initial auction process throws a bit of cold water on the sincerity of their interest in what Vigil’s got going on.
In an interview with GameInformer, THQ’s outgoing president Jason Rubin offered up a probable explanation for why Vigil failed to sell:
“I failed to find Vigil a home. Having just finished a product [Darksiders II], Vigil was farthest from release of their next game, and we were not able to garner any interest from buyers, despite a herculean effort. Additionally, they were working on a new IP [called Crawler], which meant even more risk for a buyer. […]
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 checkbook. I’m sure that’s little consolation to the team, but that’s a fact.”
The truth of the matter, though, is that it can be hard to keep a good developer down. One way or another, hopefully, the folks at Vigil will find a new home, whether at Platinum or somewhere else. It’d be great for Crawler to see the light of day—I want my jaw to drop.