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Future of Darksiders is uncertain in Nordic Games' hands

1:30 PM on 04.24.2013 // Allistair Pinsof

No developers, no plans, and maybe not enough money

Nordic who? After announcing publisher Nordic Games gained rights to THQ's Darksiders and Red Faction, I saw many ask who Nordic Games is and what its plans are for these series. I'd reference you to Wikipedia for the first part. As for plans, it seems not even Nordic knows at this point.

In an interview with Game Informer, Nordic CEO Lars Wingefors made clear that the company has no intention to develop sequels. Rather, the company wishes to act as a middleman for these properties, licensing out and greenlighting projects for other developers to carry out, much like LucasArts' recent transition. Perhaps we shouldn't call off a Crytek USA Darksiders 3 just yet.

"I am a business man within the games industry. We are not the creative, talented developer that brings out new versions in house," Wingefors told Game Informer, which pointed out that Nordic Games may not have the funds to create Darksiders on the same scale of the last (DSII allegedly cost $25 million).

"I'm sure we can find a solution for at least one of the IPs, or a few of the IPs, this year. Potentially this summer," Wingefors said. "There will be a lot of discussions at E3, but it's hard to say. I'm very open minded and flexible. I trust a handshake. I just need to find the right people."

Certainly a candid response, but not one that inspires a great deal of confidence in the future of Darksiders or Red Faction. With limited funds and no set plans, there can be no guarantee that we'll see another Darksiders or Red Faction any time soon, or that they'll resemble the scale and quality of previous entries if they do come about.

Nordic Games interview [Game Informer]

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