XB360, PS3, PC / Action / Release: Jan 5, 2010 / ESRB: M


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Nordic Games picks up Darksiders, Red Faction, and more from THQ

Nordic Games picks up Darksiders, Red Faction, and more from THQ

Nordic Games has picked up most of THQ's remaining IPs. The bankrupt publisher sold its biggest names at an auction earlier this year. Its remaining assets were bundled up, with Nordic Games the big winner.

For $4.9 million, the company has acquired Darksiders, Red Faction, MX vs ATV, "Other Owned Software," and "Other Licensed Software." Some noteworthy titles in those bundles include Destroy All Humans, Supreme Commander, Marvel Super Hero Squad, Frontlines, and Full Spectrum Warrior.

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Darksiders devs to bid on franchise rights, 'belongs in the hands of its creators'

Darksiders devs to bid on franchise rights, 'belongs in the hands of its creators'

When THQ collapsed, it could not find a proper home for the Darksiders franchise and its developer, Vigil Games. After the studio closed, many of its former members found a new home in Crytek USA.

David Adams, now-CEO of Crytek USA, says that his company now plans on bidding for the franchise rights, saying that "it belongs at home with its creators."

Read more: 'I think it belongs at home with its creators' »

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Platinum Games interested in Darksiders franchise

Platinum Games interested in Darksiders franchise

Yesterday we finally got word of where THQ's franchises were going, as the company's intellectual properties were sold off piece-meal to various publishers. One notable exception, however, was Vigil Games and the Darksiders franchise, which went unclaimed. The series' fortunes look bleak, but Platinum Games has signaled an interest in saving it.

Read more: 'Wanna buy it... on the cheap' »

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Darksiders joins PlayStation Plus library

Darksiders joins PlayStation Plus library

The "Instant Game Collection" on PlayStation Plus is getting yet another addition this week. Vigil Games' Darksiders will be "free" to download for Plus subscribers. The first game in the Zelda-inspired RPG franchise has you playing as War, one of the Horseman of the Apocalypse. People seemed to really like the game.

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Weekend Confirmed 141 - Far Cry 3, Skulls of the Shogun, Darksiders 2

Weekend Confirmed 141 - Far Cry 3, Skulls of the Shogun, Darksiders 2

For November's final Weekend Confirmed, Garnett Lee, Jeff Cannata, and "Indie" Jeff Mattas are joined by Jake Kazdal of 17-BIT Games, the indie studio behind the upcoming strategy game, Skulls of the Shogun. Far Cry 3 gets much love from Mattas, Cannata talks about his joyous return to Darksiders 2, and Garnett gives an update on his slog through the final hours of Lost Odyssey. The lively discussion includes a whole lot more, before the crew's Finishing Moves and post-show TailGate cap things off.

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Company of Heroes, Saints Row: The Third in latest Humble Bundle

Company of Heroes, Saints Row: The Third in latest Humble Bundle

In what seems to be an odd move, Humble Bundle has teamed with publisher THQ to offer seven PC games in its traditional pay-what-you-want packs. It marks the first time Humble has bundled games from a large publisher, while packaging Windows-only games and using the Steam DRM.

Read more: Last gasp for cash by THQ? »

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LIMBO, Red Dead Redemption, and Mass Effect 2 Most Nominated Games for 11th Annual GDC Awards

The nominees for the 11th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards have been announced, meaning that we now get to see what games the international panel of industry professionals felt are in the running to be acknowledged for the greatest overall achievements over the past year. (via Gamasutra)

The Xbox Live Arcade exclusive, LIMBO, leads the charge with seven nominations, followed closely by Red Dead Redemption (six nominations) and Mass Effect 2 (five nominations). All three front-runners are in the running for GDC's Game of the Year award. Pioneer, Ambassador and Lifetime Achievement Special Awards, as well as the host of this year's awards show, have yet to be revealed. Read more »

"How Bad Company 2 did not get nominated for Best Technology is beyond me."
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Shack PSA: GameFly August Used Game Deals

It's time for a little corporate shilling, but it's the good kind of self-promotion that helps you find some good games on the cheap.

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"I'm confused.. Remind me again, does the shack collective think that the used game market is ..."
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Darksiders PC Delayed Until September

The PC edition of Vigil Games' post-Apocalyptic action adventure is unsurprisingly no longer scheduled for release in June, publisher THQ has announced, and will instead be released on September--hitting the UK on September 24.

While THQ's American arm has yet to announce the North American date, September 21 would seem the most likely candidate given traditional release schedules. Read more »

"rented it on ps3, fun despite looking a bit crap. As soon as they announced a pc version, I sent ..."
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Darksiders Coming to PC in June

Released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in January 2010, Vigil Games' tale of the apocalyptic horseman that came too soon is now headed to PC in June 2010.

"Darksiders is on its way to a PC near you...in June," Haydn Dalton, lead designer on the action-adventure, revealed via Twitter. "Buckle up for the apocalypse biatches."

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"This is great news, and hope it starts a trend. I wanna see the Space Marine action game come to ..."
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Free Red Faction: Guerrilla to Darksiders Owners in New THQ Promo Push

Anyone who buys a first-run copy of Darksiders before March 7 can receive a free copy of Red Faction: Guerrilla by using the included pack-in, publisher THQ has revealed.

The "Promo Code" pack-in was included in the "initial run of the product" as a "special reward," going by the game's official site. Open to United Stated residents, the offer simply requires those that that got a "Promo Code" in their copy of Darksdiers to redeem the code on the PlayStation 3 Offer Page or Xbox 360 Offer Page by March 7, 2010. Read more »

"Gamestop has the game on sale for $39.99. Use "feb10off" for an additional 10% off and "SAVER" ..."
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Darksiders Demo Coming to Consoles Next Week, Offering 90 Minutes of Gameplay

An "extensive demo" spanning the entirety of Darskider's first dungeon will be downloadable on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 come February 25, THQ has revealed.

"Rather than just making a standard 20-minute demo version of the first few levels, we decided to give away this massive level and reveal the true essence of the game," explained David Adams, general manager of THQ-owned developer Vigil Games, with the company noting "the demo will take approximately 90 minutes to complete." Read more »

"clever decision to release a complete level from later in the game! the dungeon they're talking ..."
- CecilPhilpot    See all 16 comments

Red Faction 4 Bumped Up, Saints Row 3 Delayed as THQ Revises Release Schedule

Publisher THQ has provided an updated glimpse of its release schedule across the next two years, revealing new release dates for some previously announced sequels.

In particular, the latest Red Faction and Saints Row have swapped released windows--destruction-centric shooter Red Faction 4 is now due before April 2011, while the open-world gangbuster Saints Row 3 is due to arrive before April 2012. Read more »

"I read Homefront as Homeworld and my heart almost stopped. Relic are awfully quiet though."
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Darksiders Xbox 360 Patch Arrives Tomorrow

Vigil Games' apocalyptic action-adventure, Darksiders, was released earlier this month to generally favorable reviews. Unfortunately, a significant number of folks who picked up the Xbox 360 version were subjected to unsightly screen-tearing problems.

Since the game hit store shelves, Vigil has been working on an update to fix the problem. According to the official Darksiders website, the patch is finished and will go live at 2AM PST on Wednesday. Once the patch is live, Darksiders will update automatically through Xbox LIVE the next time the game is played. Read more »

"While the tearing is indeed noticeable (didn't bother me that much tho) it was nice to have a ..."
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Darksiders 360 Screen-Tearing Fix in the Works

Vigil's post-Apocalyptic action adventure Darksiders is soon to receive a patch to fix screen-tearing in the Xbox 360 version, creative director Joe Madureira has told IGN.

"It's something that's really not a difficult fix for us and so we're going to implement a patch to resolve the problem. We're fairly certain it'll happen really soon so look out for it." Read more »

"An amazing game... and reason #35 why I'm glad I went with the PS3 slim."
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