THQ President Jason Rubin Explains Lack of Vigil Sale

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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.

Via GameInformer

  1. Crawler sounds pretty kule. Hopefully they will either: find a new home for Vigil, or in the very least tell us what the project is after some time.

  2. Platinum said they would buy, but you said no one wanted to seems a little fishy

    • Platinum publicly said they wanted to buy…via Twitter. Which is not a particularly sincere way of committing to doing something. The fact that the auction period came and went, and Vigil went un-sold points to the problem. If Platinum had seriously been interested, they might’ve investigated buying it during the auction process.

      It still might happen, but at this point, the time when it could’ve been done with little mess has passed.

  3. The fact that nobody bought it could means Vigil could end up anywhere as a way to pay of the debt.

    • Yes, Darksiders is lost in “Development Hell,” right next to FF Versus 13. Though, not all hope is lost. They say only one poor bastard ever got out of there, but it didn’t get out without paying the price… “Duke Nukem,” some called it… To Metacritic, it was hell itself…

    • Or to use a term I’m particularly fond of, it’s become vapor ware.

  4. I thought Vigil was working on Warhammer 40k: Dark Millenium as well? I know the game suffered lay-offs and cutbacks, but I last I heard it was still being made. Did that change?

    • Of course there’s a question-mark over the entire WH40K IP too, although Games Workshop are working out a deal with Sega… at least I hope they are; Relic have made the best WH40K games to date.

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