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Darksiders developer Vigil Games is losing one of its co-founders. Joe Madureira, the studio creative director, announced today that he's leaving.

In a Facebook post, Madureira wished farewell to all of his former co-workers. He didn't elaborate on his reasons for leaving. Instead, he simply said that "the time has come" for him 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.

Madureira co-founded the studio in 2005. During his seven-year tenure with the company, he was responsible for designing the characters and world of Darksiders. If you thought Death and War looked like stone-cold bad-asses, you have him to thank.

It's not clear what he'll do next. He started out in comics, working on Uncanny X-Men and Battle Chasers. In fact, he continued his comic book work even after joining Vigil. Perhaps he'll tackle a larger project now that he's left the gaming industry.

There's no telling what Madureira's departure will mean for Darksiders. The series is owned by THQ so Vigil Games can continue making sequels. It'll be interesting to see if and how the visuals of the series change without Madureira's presence on the team, though.