I’d sure love to play a kickass game based on Skeletor. That may not be an option right now, but fortunately there’s Vigil’s upcoming Darksiders II, whose protagonist Death looks a fair bit like He-Man’s blue-hooded nemesis.
Earlier this week I spoke with Darksiders II creative driector Joe Madureira about the game’s art, design, and vision. Mid-conversation, I asked him what he made of “The Skeletor Comparison”.
“We heard that early on,” Madureira said, “and we laughed about it. Honestly, I think it was one of the reasons that I took the teeth off [Death’s] mask, because I didn’t want it to be an actual skull face. Then it literally would be Skeletor. But we weren’t worried about it, it’s kind of funny, it’s kind of a funny connection.”
But really, there are worse people your protagonist could be compared to. “I’ll take it,” Madureira said. “I like He-Man, I like Skeletor! It’s the 80’s comeback, man. And look, you’re never going to play a Skeletor game. It’s not going to happen, so you might as well just buy Darksiders II.”
I mean, there might be some Skeletor game in the future, but I still take his point.
I’ll have more of our conversation about art and design of Darksiders II later this week.