Vigil Games

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Vigil Games
Subsidiary
IndustryComputer and video games
SuccessorCrytek USA
Founded2005
FounderJoe Madureira and David L. Adams
DefunctJanuary 23, 2013
HeadquartersAustin, Texas
Key people
David Adams (General Manager)
ProductsDarksiders series
OwnerTHQ
WebsiteOfficial website

Vigil Games was an American game development company owned by THQ. It was formed by comic artist Joe Madureira and David L. Adams and based in Austin, Texas.

History[edit]

Vigil Games was founded in 2005 by Joe Madureira, David Adams, Marvin Donald and Ryan Stefanelli. Vigil Games became a part of the THQ family in 2006, and was located in Austin, Texas. Vigil Games was housed in Four Points Centre where THQ leased 33,000 square feet.

Although much of THQ's assets were sold in an auction as part of bankruptcy hearings, Vigil itself received no bids. In a letter written by THQ's CEO Brian Farrell, it was stated that Vigil would remain part of the Chapter 11 case and that THQ would still try to find a suitable buyer for the properties not sold in the auction, but that there would be immediate job losses in the affected entities.[1]

At the time of bankruptcy, Vigil was developing Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium.

In a posting on Twitter, PlatinumGames producer Atsushi Inaba expressed interest in acquiring the Darksiders franchise from THQ.[2] In the end, Nordic Games acquired the Darksiders franchise, along with the Red Faction and MX vs. ATV franchises.[3]

While Crytek planned to bid for Vigil due to its past work, owner Cevat Yerli ultimately decided not to because he felt that their current projects would not fit with the company's strategy. However, following Vigil's closure, Crytek would establish a new U.S. subsidiary known Crytek USA, led by David Adams and employing many of its former staff.[4]

Other former Vigil Employees have gone to work for Retro Studios,[5] Battlecry Studios, Certain Affinity and many others. Many of the staff also joined Gunfire Games, a company set up in 2014 by the studio's founder David L. Adams and Airship Syndicate, formed by co-founder Joe Madureira in 2015.[6]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
PS3 Wii U Win X360 OnLive
2010 Darksiders Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2012 Darksiders II Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THQ Dissolved, Saints Row, Company of Heroes, Darksiders Devs Acquired". IGN. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Platinum Games boss expresses interest in buying Darksiders on Twitter". Polygon. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Darksiders, Red Faction, MX vs ATV Purchased by Nordic Games". Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  4. ^ "How Crytek hired the ex-Vigil team (and formed a new studio) based on one meeting". VentureBeat. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  5. ^ http://gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=195054
  6. ^ Andrew Reiner (2015-02-22). "Former Darksiders Developers Form Airship Syndicate". Game Informer. Retrieved 2015-02-23.