Sequel To The Darkness Coming From 2K Games – Update

by on February 17, 2011

2K Games have announced that there is a sequel in the works to the popular 2007 FPS, The Darkness. Based on the comic book series of the same name from creator Marc Silvestri, the title was a realistic, dark and violent interpretation of the source material. Developed by Starbreeze Studios, the game was well-received, and although sales didn’t go through the roof, was a modest success. This second game, however, will be developed by Digital Extremes – most notably the team behind Dark Sector. 

The publishers now boast that The Darkness II will “break(s) out of the sea of conventional first-person shooters with its fervid Quad-Wielding gameplay”. This was seen somewhat in the first game, and is the ability to not only use both hands for firing weapons, but also to use your Darkness-powered Demon Arms to slash, grab, and throw objects and enemies. They also claim it will be “layered with the use of dark versus light, steeped in deep and twisted storytelling, and engulfed in stylistic violence that is visualized through a hand-painted graphic noir technique that stays true to its comic book origins”. Sounds like it will be continuing down the same road as the first title – which is by no means a bad thing. The first Darkness game had a very strong sense of atmosphere and the struggle between light and dark.

The original creator of the comic has already added his strong endorsement to the game, as he did with the first title. It is quite unusual for an adaptation to be so pleasing to creator and fans alike, but the first game was a faithful representation of the series and Silvestri had to admit “call me biased, but this second instalment 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.”

UPDATE: News has come out that Mike Patton – former lead singer of Faith No More – has signed on to reprise his role as The Darkness itself for this sequel. He had this to say of the game: “It feels really good to be the bad guy, and The Darkness is as bad as it gets,” said Mike Patton. “I’ve read through the script and Jackie is going to be a brutally tortured soul. I’m looking forward to making his life a living hell.”

We are definately looking forward to this one. Can it live up to the original though, without the development team at Starbreeze behind it? Why not discuss it in our forums.

Quad-Wielding - here we come.

The sequel to The Darkness has been confirmed for a Q4 2011 release, on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The first game is currently available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.