The third Darksiders title, developed by Texas-bases studio Gunfire Games, wasn't exactly a runaway hit when it launched in late November 2018. With the series' two previous games enjoying critical acclaim, and a committed audience ready for some more Horsemen of the Apocalypse shenanigans, Darksiders III had some elevated expectations to hit.
And... it mostly failed to deliver on those hopes, with mixed reviews highlighting weak puzzles and poor exploration, compromising what remained a solid hack 'n' slash combat system. Nevertheless, the numbers are in from where they really matter - spoiler: not on Metacritic - and according to the game's publisher, THQ Nordic, Darksiders III has performed well enough.
According to THQ Nordic's quarterly financial report (and via PC Gamer), penned by founder and CEO Lars Wingefors, Darksiders III "performed within management's range of expectations and has recouped all investments made in development and marketing during the quarter." Which is a lot more than a lot of video games manage, so, well done Fury and company.
The game's success means that THQ Nordic remains committed to the DLC it previously outlined in 2018, which will roll out later in 2019. Which is good news for fans of the series who were bummed out when Darksiders III could only chart at 32 in the UK, in its week of release. That... that is so very, very not great.
Thanks in no small part to the sales of Darksiders III, net sales at THQ Nordic were up 38% in the last quarter, with net sales across the whole group - including Koch Media (incorporating Deep Silver) and Goat Simulator makers Coffee Stain - were up 441%. Earlier this year, THQ Nordic acquired the studio behind Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Warhorse.
The report adds that "Darksiders remains one of the group's key IPs", so don't be surprised if another mainline game shows up in the future. The third might have been a swing and almost a miss, but it's a series with a lot of supporters - and there were four Horsemen, right? If ever a franchise cried out for a fourth (and final?) game, it's this one.
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