Crytek USA CEO Interested In Bidding For Darksiders I.P.

By Ishaan . March 28, 2013 . 10:30pm

David Adams, CEO of Crytek USA, has plans to bid for rights to the Darksiders I.P., he revealed via his Twitter account this week.


“Going to bid on Darksiders IP,” Adams tweeted. “Put 7 years of heart and soul into that franchise, and I think it belongs at home with its creators.”


Prior to founding Crytek USA, Adams was co-founder of Vigil Games, who developed the Darksiders games under THQ. Back in January, THQ auctioned off their studios and I.P. to the highest bidders, but Darksiders and Vigil weren’t fortunate enough to find any takers. Then, Crytek took on a core team of developers from Vigil, along with Adams, and formed the Crytek USA studio.


Additionally, Destructoid have confirmed  Adams’ intentions with Crytek USA as well.


“When the Darksiders IP goes up for auction, Crytek will be bidding for it,” Crytek USA’s principal designer—and Vigil co-founder—Ryan Stefanelli said to the site. “Not much more to say since the rest is left up to courts and legal shenanigans, but we’re all excited at the prospect.”


Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli once stated that Crytek weren’t interested in continuing the Darksiders series, but it appears as though there may have been a change of heart since. That said, it remains to be seen whether or not we’ll see more Darksiders games in the future.


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  • Rayshawn Davis

    Darksiders deserve to be with its creators, and I’m not saying that because I want Darksiders 3 and have $65 bucks on the side for it >_>

    • topdog2007

      i agree i mean if they change who Knows what will happen

      • Ferrick

        Conquest appearing with a nanosuit armor ? XD

        • I’d rather give it to Fury. >_>

          • Ferrick

            but fury isn’t a horseman @[email protected], and famine isn’t exactly the best candidate for it either…

          • I do believe Famine and Fury are the same character, only Fury is the “safe version of the Horsewoman’s name.

          • Ferrick

            yeah, i did a quick google search and found out that fury and strife are famine and conquest

          • But yeah, I’d still give it to Fury/Famine. A suit like that on a woman would look badass and sexy at the same time. You know, like in Witchblade (the comics, not the anime).

          • Ferrick

            true, except that it would kinda mess up the novel (since she’s drawn to not wear any armor, while strife does)

          • Yeah. She looks good enough as is, though I’ll be expecting some design change, like it or not.

  • Ehren Rivers

    I really hope that this works out. I would LOVE to see more Darksiders games in the future.

  • Seraph

    I need to get around to playing Darksiders 2. How good is it compared to 1?

    • venomryu

      i’ll tell you this death is our relative

    • Godman

      Pretty damn good. . .

      Beautiful music, awesome combat, RPG elements, Different weapons(Scythes are needed duh!) and armor.

      And Death himself is just so cool, trust me you won’t be disappointed :)

    • I’ll tell you what Darksiders 1 is now: it’s no place for a horse.

    • Heavenly_King

      The first one is better. The sequel at its core tries to be like the first, but then the experience gets stretched and deluded so that it can be a longer game.

      The music here is a major disappointment in the game. There is no Epic music at all. And this game is supposed to be EPIC. The music is more in tone with oblivion, some flute here and there when you are exploring. But this game is not Oblivion. There is only 1 epic soundtrack in the whole game. When you are killing a boss, the same music that was playing continues to play in loop, so there is no badas$ moment when killing a boss.

      I really see why this game did not meet the sales THQ wanted, it was rushed.

      • What? Because DS2 has no “epic music,” it’s instantly inferior? I listened to the entire soundtrack of DS1 and I felt that 95% is generic as hell. Like a cheap GoW soundtrack. And a few standout compositions don’t give the entire soundtrack that much merit imo. Even after beating DS1, I don’t remember a single track from it asides from the theme itself.

        DS2’s soundtrack, however, had thought put into it. Vigil Games were right in giving Jesper Kyd the role of composer because his music has variety, liveliness, and just as much “epicness.” There’s a lot of tracks from it I can remember off the top of my head.

        I do agree that DS2’s soundtrack is not always dynamic. The Crowfather and Avatar of Chaos fight theme are the only dynamic ones, which you missed. Dynamic soundtracks should happen often in games, but I won’t give a game lip for not doing so.

        • Heavenly_King

          One of the things I hated the most in the game was the soundtrack as I mentioned, but the main reason this games has not sold what it needed is because of what I wrote in the first paragraph. For me the game fluctuates between a 6-7 most of the time.

  • Godman

    We’ll be able to see Strife after all!
    I love how the creators are coming to the rescue for Darksiders
    Don’t let the Horsemen die!

  • dragoon_slayer12

    The only way I’ll be happier than “vigil” buying its baby back is Nintendo buying it. Darksiders should be in the hands of people that know how to handle it, not some big wig company trying to make a buck (EA, Activision, Ubisoft. Although ubi would treat it with care compared to the 1st 2)

    • Mir Teiwaz

      So you want Nintendo to buy the IP for a game that is quite literally a darker version of a game they already make? They’d never do that.

      • dragoon_slayer12

        They’ll be able to take the creative risk they won’t dare to take with zelda, and give fans what some finally wanted with the zelda series.

        Think of what Activision did with spiderman from the ps1 games to the 2nd movie game.

  • WhyWai

    But I don’t want darksiders to become free to play..

  • DarthSithZero

    Darksiders with crytek engine or frostbite 3.0

  • malek86

    Haven’t really played much of the first one… it was ok, but GOW-styled games are usually not my thing. If they make a third one though, I might make an effort to at least try and finish it, then pick up the second one (it’s being thrown around dirt cheap now) and see if it’s as better as people claim.

    Now let’s just hope Darksiders 3 won’t have a nanosuit.

  • zero254

    JUST MAKE TIMESPLITTERS 4 ALREADY!!!! And put war in it after you buy this i.p.

  • SirRichard

    It’s all working out in the end, huh?

  • we need darksiders 3 and 4?…..
    true war will start after darksiders 1 and 2….

  • artemisthemp

    Who else will bid on Darksiders Franchise?
    Hopefully Crytek win the auction and set the Virgil team to work on it

    • Solomon_Kano

      Hopefully nobody else bids and Crytek can just walk away with it. I mean, nobody wanted it the first time around.

      I need this IP back with the Vigil squad.

      • Mir Teiwaz

        Platinum said something about being willing to take it if they could get it “on the cheap”.

        • Solomon_Kano

          I saw. Yea, I’d definitely rather it end up with Crytek USA.

    • Team Virgil? Yes, that would be awesome. Darksiders by Ninja Theory!

      • Solomon_Kano

        Tameem can voice the next Horseman.

        • Can’t wait to see what the haircut looks like.

          • Solomon_Kano

            He was bald at the Playstation Meeting. Maybe he was preparing for his role.

          • I saw that! I immediately took a screencap and e-mailed it to Kris, since we basically spend all day making Tameem and Kamiya jokes.

          • Solomon_Kano

            That was my favorite part of the presentation lol.

  • As much as I believe his statement to be true, I also think that it’ll just get the Time Splitters treatment. The head honchos at Crytek will just say something like; “There’s not enough fan support for the game, so we won’t be making one in the foreseeable future.”

    Which would be a tragedy.

  • Göran Isacson

    Ooh, that is pretty cool. One would think that one of the original designers would also want to DO something with it as well, and not just let it languish.

  • Happy Gamer

    i hope their increased resources can bring a “true to their vision” sequel to the game

  • Chris Lane

    Darksiders 3 on a Crytek Engine? yes please.

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      Exactly the same thoughts as me. If they get the IP then we could probably end up with one of the most beautiful games ever made.

  • Darksiders 3 using Crytek engine, that would be interesting!!! I wouldn’t mind Team Ninja and Tecmo get the IP too, I would love to see a Ryu Hayabusa vs Darksiders, one cool crossover.

    • Solomon_Kano

      After Ninja Gaiden 3, I don’t want Team Ninja/Ichigaya DevGru 1 anywhere near this. Even before that, honestly.

      • uh, isn’t Team Ninja fixing their mistake by releasing Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge which is a big improvement over the previous version.

        • Solomon_Kano

          I’ll agree, RE is much better than Vanilla NG3. I enjoyed the demo as much as I enjoyed NG1 and 2. Like I said though, I wouldn’t give it to TN even before NG3. TN/Ichigaya’s design ethos is entirely different than that behind Darksiders. TN, I would say, would be an even more unfitting choice than Platinum.

  • brian

    I’m not much into the visual style of Crytek stuff, it looks like that plain old attempt at photo realism, not particularly beautiful.
    I’m glad that Vigil is going to probably stay employed though.

  • Warboss Aohd

    az long az it stayz away from EA, Activision, an’ Capcom, all iz well.

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