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No bids for Darksiders or developer Vigil — employees laid off

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We’ve learned the results of the THQ auction. Most of the publisher’s big properties found new homes at other publishers and studios. But one did not.

No new owner ended up with Darksiders developer Vigil Games or the game property itself. These will remain a part of the THQ Chapter 11 case. THQ also didn’t sell its publishing business.

“If you are an employee of an entity that is not included in the sale, we regret that your position will end,” THQ chief executive officer Brian Farrell wrote in a letter to employees. “A small number of our headquarters staff will continue to be employed by THQ beyond January 25 to assist with the transition.”

So it’s bad news for the team at Vigil. The team just finished Darksiders II a few months ago and probably didn’t have too much work done on its new project.

“We are requesting the ability to offer certain severance pay to minimize disruption for employees of nonincluded entities as they determine the next steps in their careers,” Farrell wrote.