After the smoke had cleared in the THQ asset auction, both the Vigil Studio and its Darksiders franchise were left without a home. If Platinum Games gets its way, that might not be the case for very long.
Sadly, not every single one of THQ's assets was picked up during Wednesday's auctioning, meaning Vigil Studios is no more. It's a bit disappointing since the developer's Darksiders series was a fairly strong critical success, though commercially it hadn't made much of an impact. However, the franchise did have some fans in powerful places, as Platinum Games' (Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance), Atsushi Inaba can attest.
As Platinum's executive director and producer, Inaba certainly has the pull to influence what properties the company helps develop. "Oh man in THQ's big sale it looks like nobody's bought Darksiders ... I'd love to buy that (if it was cheap)," Inaba said in a tweet (translated by Polygon).
— 稲葉敦志(Atsushi Inaba) (@PG_inaba) January 24, 2013
Would such a deal make sense? Probably. Would it save the jobs of those at Vigil? That's less likely. Platinum is already a full-fledged studio, and if they took over Darksiders, they would probably start with a clean slate. Of course, until such a deal takes place, it's all purely speculative as to what might happen.
That said, the prospects of a new Darksiders helmed by Platinum are intriguing.