Darksiders was a severely overlooked new IP from the previous generation. Though it lifted heavily from other games, both titles in the franchise were good. However, THQ went under and the Darksiders IP was purchased by Nordic Games. Vigil Games Co-Founder David Adams took many of his team and joined Crytek as Crytek USA, but that fell through very recently. So, David Adams took many of his team and formed Gunfire Games, an independent studio.
Speaking with Polygon, Adams revealed that he always wanted to create a new studio. Crytek’s financial issues gave him the perfect opportunity to do so. “Forming another independent studio was something that I thought about because of what was going on,” he said. “It got to the point where people were starting to leave.”
The topic switched to Darksiders and whether or not Gunfire Games will pitch a third game to publisher Nordic Games, to which he replied that they are considering it. “That is one of the options we are exploring. But we don’t want to jump into something immediately. We want to weigh our options.” In the meantime, the studio will work on smaller projects in order to keep its staff paid.
Darksiders II launched in 2012 to good reviews, though it did not sell as well as THQ had hoped. The game ended on a cliffhanger that would have led into Darksiders III had THQ not gone bankrupt and forced to shutdown. Hopefully now we can get a proper Darksiders III made by the original developers.