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2K Announces The Darkness II For Fall

Digital Extremes to continue where Starbreeze left off.

Dark Sector developer Digital Extremes is hard at work on The Darkness II, publisher 2K Games revealed this morning. The brand new installment in the series, which will see a return of the original game’s quad-fisted action and light versus dark themes, is slated to hit later this Fall 2011 for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

2K isn’t putting a lot of information out there this morning, but it did confirm that The Darkness II will be based on the Top Cow comic book series just like the original games was. Also, it'll feature a narrative penned by Paul Jenkins, writer of The Darkness - Volume 1, so no worries on the fiction front. 

 == TEASER ==2K blasted out a little sampling of what to expect from this game's plot, which, once again, will see Jackie Estacado grappling with the strange forces of The Darkness after violence triggers his weird demon-snake powers. Interestingly, it looks like the story will revolve around Jackie's exploration of the motivations and the powers of the Darkness, as opposed to his raw desire to get revenge after someone close to him was killed the last time around.

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.

“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,” co-creator of The Darkness comics Marc Silvestri said in a statement. “2K Games hammered this one out of the park.”

No word on other details, but take note of the Xbox Live and PSN logos on the game’s new official Web site. The first game had competitive multiplayer and it looks like The Darkness II will follow suit.     
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Posted by MisterMouse

I had completely forgotten about the first game...

Posted by WorldDude
 To each either own man! It just did nothing that impressed me.
Posted by MonetaryDread
@Robitt:  That developer also worked on Unreal, UT 1, 2003, 2004.
Posted by mrfluke
@jakob187 said:
" PSYCHED!  I'm worried about Digital Extremes being on the project, as they don't have the greatest of track records.  Suffice it to say, the first game's overall gameplay was pretty stiff, but that's not why people played it.  You played the first game because the story, narrative, and characterization were fucking PHENOMENAL, and the twist mid-game was goddamn brutal and emotionally charge.  Here's to hoping for a bomb-ass game. "
@jakob187: amen brother the first one in my opinion had one of the best narratives this gen
Posted by DeathByWaffle

Really enjoyed the first Darkness, had given up hope of there being a sequel. New developer makes me cautious, but I'll wait and see how things look

Posted by ArcLyte

definitely weary of the developer switch too, the first game was so fucking good and starbreeze generally makes good stuff.

Posted by Gabriel

I can see why Bras Nicolson may like the Darkness.

Posted by Kinggi

I adored the first Darkness and am will to give this a shot even if it is a different dev team. Hopefully they know what made the first game great.

Posted by Faint

Shit yeah.

Posted by Chubbaluphigous

The first one was excellent.  It even had working mirrors.  I will remain cautiously optimistic.  Digital Extreme does not have a history of making good games.

Posted by Tebbit

So, why isn't Starbreeze picking up where Starbreeze left off? Eh? Eh!?

Edited by John1912

Well, I love the plot so far.  i think thats a great approach to focus on the Darkness itself.  The first was a real sleeper hit, and one of the more impressive games for its time.  I hope this can live up to that, but its not going to have the shock value of "i really wast expecting this to be such a great game" going for it this time around.  Its one of the better and prob underrated  IPs out there so I hope they treat it like it deserves.

Posted by Vodun

No Starbreeze? No thanks!

Posted by myslead

if I could like this like on facebook I would.

Posted by Everyones_A_Critic

I'm always down for more of The Darkness, original was great.

Posted by MezzerliptikJay

The 1st one was epic and was like playing the role of the main character through a gripping movie, The storyline and Jackie Estacado’s quotes were what made this game great! i still have the 1st game installed on my Xbox harddrive and i still play through it from start to finish!
Great news for the 2nd i cant wait and hope its just as good as the 1st one!

Posted by wiII
@Vodun said:

" No Starbreeze? No thanks! "

For me it's more like Digital Extremes?  No thanks!     
If it was passed on to anyone else at EA I'd still have faith, but Digital Extremes, not so much. 
Posted by kahl452

I don't remember the first one being any good. but that's just me. Maybe i should give it a second chance?

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Posted by Whitetiger13

I thought the first one was ok, looking forward to see how this turns out.

Posted by xavfin

Digital Extremes? 
Digital Extremes?!?  
Original developers were too busy with eating meatballs or something?
Me being a Starbreeze Studios fan and having a recollection Dark Sector being not so good this news doesnt sound all that good eventhough Darkness II sounds good as I really liked the original. Hopefully this sequel will contain the minor diversions from normal fps action with talking to citizens and doing liltte sidequests for them.

Posted by fox01313

The first one was so incredible with the sound work & Mike Patton. Will have to wait & see on this sequel. If anyone is curious to play the first one it should be quite cheap by now (< $10).

Posted by 01001011

I did quite enjoy the 1st game, so I'll be keeping an eye on this one for now. 
Posted by duhjeenyus

I still need to finish the first one. It's probably not going to happen with the backlog of better games I have to play.

Posted by Count_Zero
@duhjeenyus said:
" I still need to finish the first one. It's probably not going to happen with the backlog of better games I have to play. "
I made it partway through the game, but I kind of ran into the double whammy of motion sickness (which happens occasionally when I play FPS games, but not with most modern ones), and some obnoxious bugs (for example, I left the game on when Jackie was watching "To Kill A Mockingbird" with his girlfriend, and I dozed off. When I woke up, we were on loop two... and Jackie's girlfriend had fallen asleep, and now Jackie couldn't get up from the couch.)
Posted by Nobler

I wonder if Mike Patton is releasing a coinciding "soundtrack" with the game. 75 minutes of throat-gurgling and yelping.