While waiting for this years exciting line up of games to come out I recently revisited a series that has been near and dear to my heart since its conception, Darksiders. A Zelda / God of War hybrid that focuses on the four horsemen of the apocalypse. This series’ struggle to survive has been an emotional roller coaster, until recently… Well, kind of recently?
In October of 2015 my hopes were slightly raised when Nordic and Vigil announced that Darksiders 2 would re-release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with enhanced graphics and all the DLC; you know the usual “definitive edition” of a game. As excited as I was for this game I couldn’t help but think why? Why was this game getting some much needed T.L.C.? Just because Nordic bought the rights to the Darksiders IP didn’t mean they had to do anything with it. Then this past year, on November 22, 2016 the first Darksiders was re-released as a remastered version as well. That’s when I really started to get excited.
Lets look at the facts. THQ releases a badass game, with an even more badass sequel that revolves around the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse slaying demons and restoring the balance. THQ then goes bankrupt and Nordic Games buys the IP for cheap (if you consider $4.9 million cheap), turns around and spits out remasters of BOTH games. WHY?! Because they want to make sure there is still a market for this series! Think of the remasters as some nice, casual foreplay. You don’t just dive into it with your apprehensive audience, you need to warm them up, make them feel comfortable with what’s coming.
Now, both of these remasters have sold pretty well. The updated textures and performance have allowed these games to shine. They have also been a great way for players who have yet to play the series to experience the awesome world and story in the best possible way.
The founder of Nordic Games, Pelle Lundborg, has also been questioned about the future of the Darksiders series. In response he said, “it will be good, just stay relaxed on that topic.” I know this isn’t a jaw dropping confirmation BUT, between the success of the remastered releases, the infancy of the project, and the fact that Nordic actually listens to what their fans want, I think it is safe to say (or at least hope) we will be seeing a Darksiders 3 in the near future.
Still don’t believe me? Well, to solidify everything I just rambled on about, speaking with Gamespot back in 2015, Nordic’s Executive Producer said, “Since we acquired the franchise we were looking for options for Darksiders 3. The remaster [Darksiders 2] was just a way to get some spotlight on the franchise again, reactivate the community and have a better starting position for Darksiders 3.”
The company also went on to say, “Naturally (and extremely excitedly!), there will be a large-scale project based on Darksiders, but for now it is very important for us to take care of the existing games and make those available to a broader audience.” Hows that for foreplay?