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The Darkness II announced

The Darkness II announced

2K Games has just confirmed that a sequel to the obscure The Darkness is being developed by Digital Extremes. Soberly entitled The Darkness II, the game will offer you to play once again Jackie Estacado and his demoniac powers. So here is a first image and the press release containing more info.

Press release:

2K Games Calls for Return of Chaos and Destruction with The Darkness™ II
Quad-Wielding combat, ruthless story and hand-painted graphic noir art style breathe new life into first-person shooter genre this fall

Windsor, UK – February 8, 2011 – 2K Games announced today that The Darkness™ II, the sequel to the million unit-selling 2007 title, The Darkness™, will be coming to the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC in fall 2011. Developed by Digital Extremes and based on the supernatural horror comic book series created by Top Cow Productions, Inc., The Darkness II takes players down a brutal and personal path as Jackie Estacado, wielder of The Darkness – an ancient and ruthless force of chaos and destruction.

The Darkness II breaks out of the sea of conventional first-person shooters with its fervid Quad-Wielding gameplay, which will allow players to slash, grab, and throw objects and enemies with their Demon Arms while simultaneously firing two weapons. The game is 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.

“The Darkness II is a well of dark and imaginative violence, and it’s a stylized and beautiful nightmare,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “The Darkness II continues the 2K Games tradition of delivering quality, innovative games that are filled to the brim with atmosphere and deep storytelling. The game takes a unique stance on fighting in the dark versus light. Combined with the arsenal of weapons at Jackie’s disposal and the gruesome attacks of the supernatural Demon Arms and Darkness powers, we’re proud to announce another title that delivers on our core values of creating games for gamers.”

The Darkness II will feature award-winning comic book writer, Paul Jenkins, who will provide a tightly integrated narrative that weaves dark humor with hardcore tenderness.

Take a step back from the familiar and comfortable, and prepare to embrace The Darkness.

It’s been two years since Jackie Estacado, now the Don of the Franchetti crime family, used The Darkness to kill the men responsible for his girlfriend’s murder. He’s been unable to shake the memory of Jenny’s death since bottling up his supernatural power, and now The Darkness wants out. A sudden, unprovoked attack on Jackie’s life heralds the start of a full-scale mob war, which has clearly been orchestrated by some outside force. The botched attempt opens the door for The Darkness to reemerge, and sets Jackie on a journey to hell and worse, as he unravels the mystery behind the attack and the motivations of The Darkness itself.

“Sometimes that whooshing sound you hear is that of comic fans holding their collective breath,” said Marc Silvestri, founder and CEO of Top Cow Productions and co-creator of The Darkness comics. “So often 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.”

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Commented on 2011-02-08 17:44:12
That's so cool! The Darkness was one of my first game played on my 360. I loved the game and i must say that it was so underrated that time. Until now the game has great graphics , story and gameplay , not to mention it's atmosphere. Great news for me!
Commented on 2011-02-08 17:45:42
Awesome! I loved to first one, it had great atmosphere. Is it me or does it look like they changed the graphical style a bit? Looks like they added a thin cell shaded line or something...
Commented on 2011-02-08 17:48:23
completed the first one way back when.. wasnt a bad game. They need to tighten the controls and dump the boring hell levels
Commented on 2011-02-08 18:21:45
The best comic book videogame adaptation until Arkham Asylum (I still like The Darkness way more, but I have eyes), now given to the hands of a dev. of mediocre games. Swell!
Commented on 2011-02-08 18:35:37
Hell yeah ,first game i actually cared for the story.
If the make th controls less clunky this is my personnel game of the year.
Commented on 2011-02-08 19:06:58
If the storytelling is done as well, and the enemy AI better, I won't worry that this is the hands of another developer.
Commented on 2011-02-08 19:18:13
I guess they have resurrected this because as far as I know it is based on a comic that is still running and fairly popular as the first game was hardly a megahit...
Commented on 2011-02-08 19:21:57 In reply to munkini
Posted by munkini
I guess they have resurrected this because as far as I know it is based on a comic that is still running and fairly popular as the first game was hardly a megahit...
"hardly a megahit" but still awesome enough to be called a cult classic.
Commented on 2011-02-08 19:27:05
awesome news. didnt expect this at all. loved the first one, great story, great voice work (bad lip syncing). cool, adventure/shooter gameplay. fix the few issues with the first game (slightly clunkly gun-play) and it should be awesome. assuming the following chapters of the story are as good as the orgin story that was covered in the first game??

if mike patton isnt doing the voice of the darkness i'll be hugely dissapointed.

will definately be keeping an eye on this
Commented on 2011-02-08 20:03:57
Finally! I've been waiting for an announcement. Game is way undernoticed.
Commented on 2011-02-08 20:15:20
Commented on 2011-02-08 20:31:07
Please focus on single player and forget about MP . Fingers crossed but i bet it'll rock !
Commented on 2011-02-08 21:10:06
Ah, sweet! Absolutely loved the first one; been waiting for this announcement for a very long time.

Hopefully the multiplayer won't be a complete mess this time around - although I agree with FlatuS that they should focus primarily on the singleplayer, as that's what made the first game so great.
Commented on 2011-02-08 21:24:28
Cell shaded :S
Commented on 2011-02-08 21:31:06
The reason I think they put MP in the first game was, they weren't confident enough in their SP to sell the game content just on that.

Hopefully, Digital Extremes is a lot more confident about the SP's quality to not let MP be another tick on the box.
Commented on 2011-02-08 21:38:18
Commented on 2011-02-08 21:45:51 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
if mike patton isnt doing the voice of the darkness i'll be hugely dissapointed.
he really surprised me. Such an awesome voice for the darkness

I want more popeye shows too. And another classic movie...give me Harvey
Commented on 2011-02-08 22:49:44
I hope this is good. The first game was a some what flawed execution of an awesome idea. If they step up their game and use what they learned from the first game, this could be really cool.
Commented on 2011-02-08 23:33:50
Nice,they do need to mix in more variations in the weapons and powers side
Commented on 2011-02-08 23:48:54
And give the Right Tentacle Arm some love! People who've played the game know what I mean ;)
Commented on 2011-02-09 00:57:52
whoa did not see that one coming; thought they layed Jackie to rest ... glad to see him get raised from the dead.
Commented on 2011-02-09 11:09:10
Loved the first game cant wait to play this.
Commented on 2011-02-09 13:34:02 In reply to KORNdog
You're right about Mike Patton. One of the best voice acting so far!
Commented on 2011-02-10 00:32:44
Best part of the first one....

Getting to watch To Kill A Mocking Bird.
Commented on 2011-02-10 00:50:23
Digital Extremes :/
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