Think about Bayonetta for a second. Then Metal Gear Rising, Vanquish, and The Wonderful 101. Now, think about Darksiders. Can you imagine them living together, in perfect harmony? Platinum Games’ head Atsushi Inaba can.
In a tweet posted earlier today, Inaba expressed–in Japanese–disbelief that the Darksiders IP and studio Vigil remained unsold after the THQ auction. He said, too, that he’d like to pick it up if it was cheap. This doesn’t promise or really even suggest anything about the future of the Darksiders series. The tone comes across more like any old gamer saying “I can’t believe no one bought that! I’d sure pick it up if I had the money lying around.” While Inaba is head of a well-liked studio, the studio is pretty busy, fairly small, and not connected to any major blockbuster titles. It’s unlikely that the IP will end up in Platinum’s hands.
With that said, how would it work? Vigil’s design style was very clear in the first two Darksiders games. Would Platinum try to emulate it, or do their own thing? Platinum’s products are skill-heavy action games, and their experience making games with tight combat could add something fresh. They don’t usually spend a lot of time with Zelda-style open world games, but these are the same guys, formerly of Clover Studio, that made Okami one of the best adventure games of the previous generation. If Inaba did have the cash lying around, or the investors backing him to make it happen, Platinum could be one of the more interesting studios to pick up a lost IP like Darksiders.