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Darksiders Creative Director Joe Madureira Leaves Vigil Games

Posted on October 22, 2012 AT 11:35am

Joe “Joe Mad” Madureira was a big name in comics when, in 2005, he helped start Vigil Games. Now, however, Madureira has announced his departure from the studio know for its Darksiders franchise.

Earlier today, Madureira posted the following on his Facebook page:

Farewell and best wishes to all my brothers and sisters at Vigil Games! After 7 long years and 2 hit games ( Darksiders BABY! ) I’m afraid the time has come for me to move on to new adventures. 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.

I’ll be talking more about ‘The Next Big Thing’ in the coming months, but in the short term, I’m focusing on banging out a bunch of comics. Which should hopefully sate your hunger, you bloodthirsty savages!!! (*believe it or not that’s a term of endearment. )

Of course, Madureira’s departure throws into question the future for the Darksiders series. Previously, Vigil Games’ Haydn Dalton mentioned that Darksiders II would have to sell very well to justify a third game; I can’t help but take Madureira leaving Vigil as a sign that a Darksiders III indeed won’t be coming.

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Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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