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The Darkness II coming this fall

Because nothing says bad-ass like a mob boss with Demon Arms, 2K Games has announced that it will be revisiting The Darkness in a new sequel for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this fall.

Based on the comics inked by Top Cow Productions, The Darkness II is set two years after the events of its 2007 predecessor which saw made man Jackie Estacado wield his newly adopted demonic powers to cut a swath through all those responsible for his girlfriend's death. Now, as the newly crowned Don of the Franchetti crime family, Jackie finds himself embroiled in an full scale crime war, and at the the mercy of devilish powers that threaten to overwhelm him.

The sequel will not be handled by the series' original developer, Starbreeze, but instead by the Canadian studio, Digital Extremes, whose previous efforts include work on the Unreal series and Dark Sector.

As for gameplay, 2K's presser was heavy on fancy adjectives but light on straight-out details. What it did suggest, however, was that Jackie's Demon Arms will allow players to toss, shoot, slice and dice in four simultaneous ways using the game's Quad-Wielding gameplay.

Top Cow Productions CEO and The Darkness co-creator, Marc Silvestri, also confirmed that the game's story will fall in line with the style and tone set out in the comics, explaining:

"Sometimes that whooshing sound you hear is that of comic fans holding their collective breath. So often [we can be] disappointed when a favorite character gives birth to a lame movie or video game. Us fans have come to expect the worst, and sometimes we get it; but not with The Darkness II. Yeah, call me biased, but this second installment of Jackie Estacado's epic saga is – in my humble opinion – one of the most brutally cool games I've ever played. 2K Games hammered this one out of the park."

Mr. Silvestri: you, sir, are biased. Regardless, The Darkness fared relatively well, and with Top Cow staying in the picture it's possible that the series still has legs – er, arms. Still, a fall 2011 release? 2K better hope Elder Scrolls V, Mass Effect 3, Gears of War 3 and Saints Row 3 all miss their launch windows.

Feb 8, 2011 

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23 comments

  • Hai-Shi - February 14, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    Yess, totally sweet! I thought the first was heavily underestimated and poorly advertised. Loved the dark atmosphere and I hope, Mike Patton will be involved once more. But please, no more Nazi-flashbacks!
  • DarkAthena13 - February 11, 2011 9:02 a.m.

    sweet.
  • 435 - February 9, 2011 11:02 p.m.

    I'm cautiously optimistic. The original is the only game I've played where I honestly REGRET paying as LITTLE as I did for it. Which was five bucks. New. For the record. Never would've bought it otherwise, but, my god, the game is amazing. The voice acting, the quality of the animation (which, while mostly mocap, was cleaned incredibly well), the textures and the weightiness of the story... Yeah. Lotta love for The Darkness. Hope this one isn't shit.
  • AGENTJORRRG - February 9, 2011 6:46 a.m.

    AARRRGGHH. I really liked that game, but I am now officially beyond sick of first person shooters. I think Brink may well be the last one I ever buy.
  • Baron164 - February 9, 2011 4:33 a.m.

    I really enjoyed the first game, I just don't like when a sequel gets a new developer. It rarely ends up being a good sign.
  • Letter11 - February 9, 2011 4:12 a.m.

    This is great news. The first game was awesome and I don't read the comics so I interested to see the story continue.
  • Shagnasty - February 9, 2011 2:39 a.m.

    Oooooooooooh... Dark Sector... uuummm... yeah... oh boy...
  • cart00n - February 9, 2011 2:01 a.m.

    I LOVED The Darkness - still own it! Truly a fantastic, if flawed, game. Dark Sector was pretty good, excellent gameplay (totally stolen from GOW, but if you're gonna steal, steal from the best!), lacking story. But with Top Cow still in charge of the story, this should be good.
  • fetalspray - February 9, 2011 12:24 a.m.

    loved the first game the story was great and I loved the way the guns moved as it did something unheard of in fps' when you ran up to a wall he pulled the guns back like the wall exists instead of holding them in the firing position like the wall has no physical properties and is in its own separate dimension, developers of games like call of duty really need to work on that, its such a basic flaw
  • Cruddi - February 8, 2011 11:18 p.m.

    At last, after the endding of the first game i have been left scratching my head as what happend to good ol jackie. Bring it on, even if it miss fires slightly still gunna play it to see the story play out
  • talkraider - February 8, 2011 9:53 p.m.

    This is pretty inconsequential, but I hope tey keep the TVs and add moe channels. That was one of the things that made the first one so memorble
  • TheDude97 - February 8, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    Super excited, about this man, The Darkness is one of my favorite games man, total underrated gem in The Dude's mind, can't wait. Far out man.
  • SiLVeR - February 8, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    O_o Yay!!
  • Jaces - February 8, 2011 8:07 p.m.

    Finally, I have been playing all these FPS games and something was always missing....FRAKING DEMON ARMS! This just shot up to my top 10 most wanted games list if released this year.
  • iKOemos - February 8, 2011 7:22 p.m.

    Oh God Yes.
  • Valntyne - February 8, 2011 7:16 p.m.

    Yes.
  • gilgamesh310 - February 8, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    The first Darkness was a game with an enormous amount of potential but was hindered by so many flaws that caused it to be mediocre for me. If the sequel can get rid of them flaws while maintaining the great story and brilliant locations of the original while improving on other aspects it could end up being brilliant, but it needs to iron out those flaws.
  • HumorTumor - February 8, 2011 6:54 p.m.

    wasn't much a fan of the first game. Got it for $7 and still didn't want to play it through.
  • NeelEvil - February 8, 2011 6:51 p.m.

    About damn time, but I'm not too excited about it being from the guys who made Dark Sector.
  • sniper141 - February 8, 2011 6:48 p.m.

    o h crap didnt mean to say that twice =)

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