Darksiders 2: Ex-Vigil dev speaks out about lack of staff credits

Wednesday, 22nd August 2012 08:23 GMT By Dave Cook

Darksiders 2 UI designer Xander Davies recently hit out at developer Vigil Games for omitting him from the game’s end credits. Now other employees are coming forward with the same complaint and more.

Davies – who claimed his employment with Vigil was terminated unexpectedly – stated on his Twitter a while back, “What’s crazy is most aspiring game developers have no idea yet how shitty it is to work in triple-A. My life has been a nightmare for 3 yrs.”

The Tweet caused other ex-Vigil employees to come forward and say that they too were uncredited after years of work.

In response Vigil Games general manager David Adams sent an email to Destructoid to clarify the omission of Davies and others by stating, “When we were forced to reduce staff due to the cancellation of a project, we worked hard to ensure every single person effected by the layoff received their credit in the game. We did not include individuals whose employment terminated for any other reason, for example, being let go for documented poor performance.”

Now one of Vigil’s ex-employees Andy Modrovich has written a blog over at Destructoid regarding the affair and the importance of crediting staff where it is due.

In the blog, Modrovich calls the lack of credits “depressingly common”, and gives rare insight into the world of a developer under pressure. It’s a good read, shadowing the infamous EA Spouse blog, in which the wife of an EA employer exposed the impact of difficult working conditions on her husband and their relationship.

Check it out over at Destructoid.



  1. roadkill

    Wow! Great read indeed.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. sh4dow

    The general manager doesn’t know the difference between “effect” and “affected”? Or was he misquoted here?

    At any rate – I just hope that these various leaks and talking about internals of productions won’t affect the career of those people in a too negative way, since keeping your mouth shut is the golden rule of the industry.
    Then again – maybe some have decided not to work in it any more anyway. Or at least not to work in it any more if speaking out about negative things would indeed end their careers. Something I feel very much the same about. Because is it really worth working in a field where you have so little freedom?

    Oh and… leaving somebody out because of poor performance is still a shitty excuse. If they ended up not using ANY of the things he created because he performed so poorly – I could see that. Because then he really didn’t contribute to the product. But as long as he did, he deserves a credit. Period. He could be an alcoholic dope-fiend who collected four sexual harassment suits in just a few weeks for all I care.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DSB

    Kind of a regression to the Atari age huh?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. roadkill

    @3 “regression definition: A return to a former or less developed state” There is no regression. It has always been here. Read the blog before you speak.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DSB

    @4 I tried reading it, but as soon as I came to the first image I was overcome with a desire to strangle Destructoids graphic designer/layouter and decided to stop for our common good.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. TheWulf


    So you have a flippantly cavalier attitude about being too lazy to read the things you’re responding to? Thaaaat’s entertainingly ironic, considering, now isn’t it?

    Remember when I said that you didn’t need my help to make you look stupid, that I’m just pointing it out for you? Yeeeep.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. viralshag

    Funny, I remember someone else responding to an article without reading it too…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DSB

    Was it something I said, TheWulf? ;)

    Congrats on making a post that didn’t include the words Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet or Blizzard.

    That has to be the first one in at least a month. Did you get back on your medicine or something?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. roadkill

    @8 “Congrats on making a post that didn’t include the words Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet or Blizzard.” What does it mean if he makes or does not make references to those things?

    #9 2 years ago

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