Yeah, they probably intend to buy the Darksiders IP too since it wasn't up for purchase in the first auction (Vigil wasn't working on DS3 so THQ claimed it as Legacy IP). It'd give them something to do besides Crysis and tech demos to sell to the military at least.
It makes more sense (however cruel it is) to buy the IP after Vigil and THQ die in a fire because it's cheaper than hiring another Austin-based studio since it'll let you pick the people you want instead of the entire team.
It also didn't help that everyone had public access to the financials and a game that cost almost 90m to make but could barely generate 80m isn't a good look.
Yeah I understand that, but honestly it was still dumb for no one to make even a single bid for it. D2 was a bit of a flop but that didn't mean the IP couldn't be salvaged. It's just tragic that Vigil is gone now. I did see that tweet that was floating around a couple days ago about Inaba's interest in purchasing the IP though, mixed feelings about that, but idk.