A New Darksiders Is Years Away, While Red Faction Might Be Dead
Part of the fallout due to THQ’s meltdown early this year was the subsequent sale of all the franchises it owned. While many were picked up quickly by well-known publishers and developers, some lingered behind, waiting for a new place to call home. Darksiders and Red Faction found themselves in this position, eventually allowing Austrian publishers Nordic Games to pick them up for a bit of a steal.
Problem is, that doesn’t exactly mean the franchises are now saved. According to Reinhard Pollice, Nordic Games’ business and product development director, the process of getting all the details finalised from THQ’s side has been extremely slow, and has prevented them from continuing with some of the plans they had for their acquired franchises.
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“It takes longer than expected getting everything together because THQ, there are not a lot of people there. There are just like five people and they’re mostly financial and administration guys. So the stuff that we need is really hard to get. I’ve been visiting them a lot of times, trying to make sure we get everything that we actually want, or that we should get.”
As a result, Nordic Games has yet to make any real progress with a new Darksiders title, which is their top priority. In fact this delay, coupled with the fact that most Vigil Games developers moved to Crytek, means that we’ll probably have to wait a few years until we hear anything really solid. That said, at least we’re going to eventually hear something, which is not exactly the story with the Red Faction franchise.
In fact, Red Faction might have found a home only to be put to rest, with Nordic Games explaining that a new title in the old franchise is on the bottom of the list in terms of priorities. Sad for fans of the series, but not all that surprising considering how badly the last entry did at retail.
Basically, it’s not really good news for any of these franchises, and even though we’re promised work will commence eventually, it’s sounding more and more like a slow death for the likes of Darksiders and Red Faction.