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Darksiders 2 behind-the-scenes clip makes developers confront their feelings on Death

The attempt to understand what lies beyond life has preoccupied humans since time immemorial. Videogames have been stepping up to the discussion since their inception; while the medium's contribution skews heavily in favor of reincarnation, every once in a while someone'll find a reason to ruminate on the character of Death himself. Or, as in the case of this Darksiders 2 developer chat, to put that character in a videogame and make him as much of a scythe-totin' badass as possible.

Having previously established that Death is going to be heroing it up in DS2, positioned him as a lone warrior and shown off his ability to look good while dispatching foes, this clip's more internal focus rounds out the character nicely. The voice-actor for Death, Michael Wincott, has previously played scary psychos in several of the 90s' best scary-psycho movies (not to mention Halo 2), it would be nice to hear how the actor brought timeless menace to the role of Death, but one suspects the answer would just be, “opening his mouth.” Darksiders 2's still on track to release in mid-2012.

7 comments

  • inkyspot - January 20, 2012 5:32 a.m.

    I can't wait for this, one of the games I am most anticipating. I agree with people though, he should of been the last character, but with that being said, are we really sure that they will have 4 games? Maybe "If they do another one" it will have all 4 horsemen in it and then that should be it, just make the 3rd one super epic and go out with a bang. They can even make the single player like Trine where each character's ability can make progress easier and you can switch to them on the fly. Maybe having then as NPC's until you switch to them (will require some really great AI coding). Just a thought.
  • purple_omlet - January 21, 2012 9:02 p.m.

    We need 4-player Co-op. Dibs on War.
  • ultimatepunchrod - January 19, 2012 7:52 p.m.

    This looks pretty cool. It seems like a lot of improvements have been made from the first one; although, it would have been cooler to see death as the final character you play as. If they continue and make 4 games as planned, it could be a little less enticing to be Pestilence or Famine after you've played as War and Death.
  • An_Awesome_Guy - January 20, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    That's what I was thinking, now all we have to look forward to is Famine and Pestilence, and everyone knows they're the boring ones.
  • purple_omlet - January 21, 2012 9:04 p.m.

    Not if they use Conquest instead of Pestilence, like the original horsemen of the apocalypse. I think playing as Conquest would be really fun.
  • Voodoowolfe - January 19, 2012 5:11 p.m.

    Still not understanding as to why on earth they would pick Death as the main guy in here. Death comes at the end. Would have been a great plot twist to have Death come in at the end and raise humanity back up. But I forsee this as more of a rental not buy.
  • CreeplyTuna - January 19, 2012 4:22 p.m.

    Can't wait for this game!

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