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Darksiders Creative Director Joe Madureira Leaving Vigil Games

Details on Madureira's "next big thing" to be revealed in the months ahead.

Darksiders 2 downloadable content continues to roll out, but series creative director Joe Madureira is leaving Vigil Games, the renowned comic artist announced on Facebook today.

“I'm afraid the time has come for me to move on to new adventures,” he said. “I could not be more proud of what we achieved, or the awesome people who helped build up this studio. I can safely say Vigil's future is in very good hands, so expect only awesomeness down the road. This feels surreal...I miss the place already.”

Madureira teased news about “the next big thing” in the “coming months,” but it’s unclear if it will again involve video games.

Just a few days back, the official Twitter account for Darksiders teased this image with the tagline: “A new adventure awaits Death!”

Madureira had been with Vigil Games since its inception, racking up seven years with the company.

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Posted by patrickklepek

Darksiders 2 downloadable content continues to roll out, but series creative director Joe Madureira is leaving Vigil Games, the renowned comic artist announced on Facebook today.

“I'm afraid the time has come for me to move on to new adventures,” he said. “I could not be more proud of what we achieved, or the awesome people who helped build up this studio. I can safely say Vigil's future is in very good hands, so expect only awesomeness down the road. This feels surreal...I miss the place already.”

Madureira teased news about “the next big thing” in the “coming months,” but it’s unclear if it will again involve video games.

Just a few days back, the official Twitter account for Darksiders teased this image with the tagline: “A new adventure awaits Death!”

Madureira had been with Vigil Games since its inception, racking up seven years with the company.

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Edited by SimplyCheese

cool news!

Edit: not so cool actually. Wish him good luck.

Posted by bloodsoul5

RIP darksiders, we hardly knew ye.

Posted by MariachiMacabre

So Darksiders is dead then?

Posted by Barrock

Guessing there will be no Darksiders III, or at least it isn't coming anytime soon so he's moving on?

Posted by Slay3r1583

Maybe he is finally going to finish Battle Chasers. HA! Like that would ever happen.

Posted by GunsAreDrawn

lol

Posted by hollitz

Hmm. Really didn't like the art style in Darksiders. But really didn't like the gameplay or art in Darksiders 2.

I'm ready for the gritty Unreal engine reboot. Wii U Exclusive: The Darksiders.

Posted by TheCreamFilling

Rise from your grave.

Posted by TheVideoHustler

He's going to work with Cliffy B

Posted by believer258

When founding members leave so soon, it doesn't look good. I hope they don't go the way of... wait, I've already forgotten who made Kingdoms of Amalur.

Posted by Knigge

Joe Mad is quitting something again? Big surprise.

Posted by Jrinswand

I never liked Darksiders but it's a shame that Joe Mad won't be working on any other new IP (AFAIK).

Posted by zombie2011

I'm guessing as Creative Director he ok'd all the changes from Darksiders 1 to 2. Changes i pretty much disliked so i'm not sure how i feel about this, maybe it'll be good for the studio?

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Posted by ProfessorEss

I'd be super curious to know if his work ended with Darksiders 2 or if he's leaving Vigil with a stockpile of concepts and designs to use for potential sequels.

I would think someone of his skill and experience would be able to create ten games worth of artwork in the time it takes to develop two.

Posted by rolanthas

Maybe he can finally finish Battle Chasers now.

Posted by SgtSphynx

I hope this doesn't mean Darksiders is dead.

Posted by Toug

I don't think I realized he was an actual employee of the company. Let alone creative director. I just assumed he worked freelance for them. That's pretty cool, especially considering he was still doing some comic work during that time.

Edited by mordukai

@patrickklepek: I still think that your ex G4 co-worker, Abbie Heppe, was completely off the mark when she called the art direction in the first game "uninspiring".

Hope he'll be back in the comic book world soon. His work on Battle Chasers was awesome.

Posted by Hurricrane

Awww :(

Can't wait to see what he does next though. Darksiders is one of my favorite series now.

Posted by alternate

Sales of Darksiders 2 pretty much killed any chance for a Darksiders 3.

Posted by laserbolts

Darksiders 2 was such a let down. Hopefully if they make a third one they can recapture what made the first one so great.

Posted by Efesell

@alternate said:

Sales of Darksiders 2 pretty much killed any chance for a Darksiders 3.

Didn't it do ..okay? I know it started out pretty strong. Maybe they tanked immediately after.

Posted by clumsyninja1

Darksiders 2 felt a lot like diablo. Not a lot of story but a lot of dungeons.

Posted by Phatmac

:(

Posted by JoeyRavn

Can't say I'm surprised after the lackluster Darksiders II. Joe Mad is a great artist, Darksiders II is a mediocre game. It's a pity, because the first one was terrific.

Posted by Scarlet_Rogue

and....that's the end of Darksiders. :(

Posted by Jolt92

Dear Joe Mad

Please draw more comic books so I can buy them

Regards

Jolt92

Edited by alternate

edit - oops, corrected it, replied to the wrong person

@Efesell said:

@alternate said:

Sales of Darksiders 2 pretty much killed any chance for a Darksiders 3.

Didn't it do ..okay? I know it started out pretty strong. Maybe they tanked immediately after.

Sold 250k in August (came out on the 14th) and then wasn't in the top 10 for September - which mean no data but the game 10th sold about 100k.

These are not awful sales, beat Sleepy Dawgz for example, but given that THQ loaded expectations I bet the series is either canned or at least rested until next gen.

Posted by Zirilius

@alternate: That's US sales only and does not include PC sales from digital sources. Last article I saw was it needed 2 million to be profitable and with holiday retail upon us it still has a shot.

Posted by Pixel_Kaiser

@Jolt92: Oh gosh yes, this.

I really hope this means he's going back to comics, that dude can draw some great funny books. His Avenging Spider-Man issues were soooooo great.

Posted by The_Ruiner

Yup...that's his pattern. WHERE THE FUCK IS BATTLE CHASERS #9 !?!?!?!?

Posted by Lugixx

@Pixel_Kaiser said:

@Jolt92: Oh gosh yes, this.

I really hope this means he's going back to comics, that dude can draw some great funny books. His Avenging Spider-Man issues were soooooo great.

I remember thinking that it was so great having him as a regular artist, then I found out he'd be leaving and we got Greg Land instead.

My heart was broken that evening.

Posted by UltimAXE

I absolutely adore Joe Mad's style, and am very sad that I probably won't be seeing it in any video games any time soon. I can only imagine that he's moving on because Darksiders is being put to rest for a bit. A shame if true. Who doesn't want the implied Fury game, Strife game, and the inevitable Four Horsemen game?

@Pixel_Kaiser said:

@Jolt92: Oh gosh yes, this.

I really hope this means he's going back to comics, that dude can draw some great funny books. His Avenging Spider-Man issues were soooooo great.

This would be okay with me. I've only read the Spider-Man/Red Hulk team up story, but goddamn was it fantastic.

Posted by TeflonBilly

@Slay3r1583 said:

Maybe he is finally going to finish Battle Chasers. HA! Like that would ever happen.

@Knigge said:

Joe Mad is quitting something again? Big surprise.

@rolanthas said:

Maybe he can finally finish Battle Chasers now.

@The_Ruiner said:

Yup...that's his pattern. WHERE THE FUCK IS BATTLE CHASERS #9 !?!?!?!?

ALL OF THIS!

Goddamn you Joe, I believed in you! I even have the goddamn first issue in the gimmicky stupid chromium cover somewhere!

Posted by Cybexx

He drew the first story-arc of Avenging Spider-man last year, which was his first comics work since he joined Vigil. So it is highly probable that his next move could be back to comics.

Posted by crithon

man I'm getting flashbacks of when he ended battle chasers early.

Posted by Damian

@TheVideoHustler said:

He's going to work with Cliffy B

TestosterPWN Interactive.

Posted by pluckylump

I am worried by this. I feel like any attempts for future Darksiders games to emulate his aesthetic is not going to successfully walk the tightrope of evoking over-the-top 90s comic art without falling into the trap of horrible that much of 90s comic art is remembered for.

Posted by phrosnite

People leaving left and right. WTF is going on? What's next?

Posted by Whiskeyjack

Clearly I'm not the only one wanting more Battle Chasers.

Posted by Enigma777

I think Darksiders 2 is my biggest disapointmet for the year so far. Not a bad game, just not the game I wanted...

Edited by ComixZone

XBLA/PSN/iOS App Store/Droid App Store/Kickstarter continue to prove to developers that the big studio development meat house isn't their only option anymore. Smaller studios and bigger ideas are continuing to prove themselves as worthwhile ventures financially (and unquestionably personally).

One of the biggest stories of this year, 2012, has to be the massive number of extremely talented people abandoning the big studios in an effort to make something more worthwhile than the massively budgeted, over-marketed, deadline-riddened flops that just fail to sell alongside the Maddens/CoDs/Halos of the industry and ultimately cost them their jobs.

Posted by Viking_Funeral

@Slay3r1583 said:

Maybe he is finally going to finish Battle Chasers. HA! Like that would ever happen.

What did we get to, 4 issues over several years? Easily the laziest man to ever work in comics.

Posted by SlightConfuse

Maybe he will finish battle chasers now

Edited by SaturdayNightSpecials

Oh no, whatever will become of my favorite aspect of Darksiders, the character designs?

Posted by Suits

@Enigma777: sound like Jeff's words

Posted by Vorbis

Real disappointed, Darksiders is an amazing franchise and without Joe we won't see a third or at the very least it won't be the same.

Which makes the fact that both games built up to the same cliffhanger even worse.

Edited by Deathpooky

If this was last year, I'd be upset. But after surprise hit Darksiders 1 and lots of expectations/hype for the sequel, Darksiders 2 was kind of not that great. No idea what they were doing with that game's story and they messed up the gameplay with the loot and leveling systems. No idea if there will be a 3, with or without Joe.

Posted by Jayzilla

@believer258 said:

When founding members leave so soon, it doesn't look good. I hope they don't go the way of... wait, I've already forgotten who made Kingdoms of Amalur.

he was with the company 7 years. that isn't soon.

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