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Black Sequel Coming in 2009?

Did the Criterion website spit out a name, release timeframe, and platforms for an upcoming sequel to the company's destruction-focused first-person shooter?

Black!
Reports tracing back to the Portuguese version of Eurogamer have surfaced with claims that a new sequel to Black was briefly posted on Criterion's official site and then quickly pulled from public view. Didn't see it myself, so we can't really confirm anything further, but it certainly sounds plausible.

The story claims that the game, titled Black: Second Mission, will be released in 2009 on PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360. Sort of a boring name. They should just call it "Blacker." Or "Black 2: Bigger & Blacker." Or call it "Black Black" and get a tie-in with the Japanese candy of the same name.

It feels like ancient history now, but this isn't the first time a sequel to Black has been mentioned. It came up in EA financial reports given prior to the launch of the current generation of consoles as a game that was in development. Criterion has since gone on to deny that a sequel to its explosion-focused first-person shooter was in development, but it's always felt sort of inevitable. The game's release as a downloadable Xbox Original earlier this year only furthered the notion that we'd someday see a sequel.

The original Black was an interesting game, but one that felt short and a bit singular in its gameplay. The game's main trick was to almost always have the enemies standing near barrels or other explosive objects, turning the game into a kind of basic shooting gallery. Still, it had a great sense of a style and those explosions were pretty fantastic. I'd definitely be interested in seeing Criterion take another crack at it, especially if it received the long-term attention that the company's given to its most recent release, Burnout Paradise.
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Posted by Jeff
Black!
Reports tracing back to the Portuguese version of Eurogamer have surfaced with claims that a new sequel to Black was briefly posted on Criterion's official site and then quickly pulled from public view. Didn't see it myself, so we can't really confirm anything further, but it certainly sounds plausible.

The story claims that the game, titled Black: Second Mission, will be released in 2009 on PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360. Sort of a boring name. They should just call it "Blacker." Or "Black 2: Bigger & Blacker." Or call it "Black Black" and get a tie-in with the Japanese candy of the same name.

It feels like ancient history now, but this isn't the first time a sequel to Black has been mentioned. It came up in EA financial reports given prior to the launch of the current generation of consoles as a game that was in development. Criterion has since gone on to deny that a sequel to its explosion-focused first-person shooter was in development, but it's always felt sort of inevitable. The game's release as a downloadable Xbox Original earlier this year only furthered the notion that we'd someday see a sequel.

The original Black was an interesting game, but one that felt short and a bit singular in its gameplay. The game's main trick was to almost always have the enemies standing near barrels or other explosive objects, turning the game into a kind of basic shooting gallery. Still, it had a great sense of a style and those explosions were pretty fantastic. I'd definitely be interested in seeing Criterion take another crack at it, especially if it received the long-term attention that the company's given to its most recent release, Burnout Paradise.
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Edited by SpinCookie

wooooot! I'll take it!  Absolutely loved the first one!

Posted by Chewii101

I'm not that excited. If you didn't play the original heres the scoop: enemies near barrels. SHOOT BARREL. end of game. 

But if it matches the quality of Paradise.....
Posted by TheHBK

I like the last suggestion.  Bigger and Blacker.  Sounds like the name of a sequel of me.  Except i am not black. So Bigger and Black added?
Black 2:  Multiplayer Included this time!

Posted by SlimDogg

I think on this gen of consoles . That this game can finally be as good as i had hoped the first one would have been. It had alot of good building blocks. Now they can put it all together. Burnout team rocks !!

Posted by MrMiyagi

Multiplayer please!

Posted by Duckbutter

FP shooters more popular than masturbation. Burnout Paradise success enabling Criterion to afford prostitutes of a high class Vegas nature. RenderWare as dope as it can be. the ego Criterion got after Black.
don't see why they wouldn't follow up. "Black 2: Bigger and Blacker" "Black Black" heh heh heh heh heh good times.

Posted by yellownumber5

I'd like to see a return to Black.  The basic formula of black was beautiful and fun, just wasn't always executed right.  If they take lessons learned from the first one it could be something to look forward to.

"Back and Blacker"

Posted by heavymtlhead

It sounds too plausible.......

Posted by Vod_Crack

I really like what Black got right, all they needed where for the game to take place in more exciting locations and more gameplay variety. I am surprised we haven't seen a sequel already.

Posted by Callumrides

Finally i Hope i've Been waiting for a sequel

Posted by FoxMulder

First one wasn't all bad, but I'm confident that they can make up for many of the mistakes the first one had.

Edited by OzzerOzby

"Black 2: Bigger and Blacker."

Will that one get past the censors? I say they just call it "Back in Black".

Posted by uberpwner93

YES! OH GOD YES!

Posted by BawaTheGamer

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

I loved the first black soooo much. I dont care if it was singleplayer only. I only play SP games anyways. I bought it for 6$!  Ive played the game 5 times now. IT was pure joygasm.

The best was the 2nd last level on the bridge. I loved the crazy explosions, and the awesome guns  and scenarios.Im so happy.

Posted by shadowjak

Black redefined the shooter, thank god EA didn't dump the franchise.

Posted by Systech

If they make it good, I might play it.

Posted by jakob187

Jeff, you had so many opportunities to give this article an interesting name...like...Bigger and Blacker!!!  lol

Black sequel, eh?  Sign me up!!!  I like blowing shit up, and seeing what the Frostbite engine is capable of...I can only IMAGINE that engine in Criterion's hands.   = D
Posted by artofwar420

Black was a game in which weapons had weight, everything you did (shot) had an effect (to a limited extent), it was mindless fun. And it looked awesome for a console game, at the time.

I say bring the sequel on.

Posted by Aaox

I really enjoyed the first Black, so I'm looking forward to this (Mythbusters confirm: PLAUSIBLE) sequel, Then sign me up. Holmes. Why has'nt anyone thought of 'White' or 'Not Black' or something? Mix it up! Also, Midget Gems are the only sweets that I enjoy the lemon flavour. Maybe Fruit gums.

Posted by FalcomAdol

"Bigger, Blacker, and Uncut?"

Posted by TheGamerFix

Yes! I loved the first Black!!! Can't wait for this! :)

Posted by Tordah

Awesome!

Posted by Jotun

I got the first Black for like 10 bucks and really enjoyed it. If EA gives them the time to polish it up, a sequel would be friggin awesome.

Posted by Shadow

I sure hope not.  EVERYONE THERE MUST BE DEVOTED TO MAKING BURNOUT BIGGER, BETTER, AND MORE BADASS!

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

"FP shooters more popular than masturbation. Burnout Paradise success enabling Criterion to afford prostitutes of a high class Vegas nature. RenderWare as dope as it can be. the ego Criterion got after Black.
don't see why they wouldn't follow up. "Black 2: Bigger and Blacker" "Black Black" heh heh heh heh heh good times."

DUDE. Fragments much??? Or am I just so exhausted I can no longer function lingualy??

I never played the original, but it looked decent. Explosions definitely have potential this generation what with crazy physics and stuff. I think it would be cool to have a game where the explosions just HAPPEN, not that you have to set your mind on shooting the barrels. Kinda like FarCry 2 with the grass catching on fire, then a minute later you hear the ammo pile going off, a few of its bullets hitting a propane tank which wits a while and asplodes massively. ANd with a decent number of enemies of course.

Posted by darthzew

Awesome! The first one was cool and sequels generally are improvements. GENERALLY!!! Not all the time... I'm looking at Mercs 2... No wait, no I'm not. It's way too painful... 

Posted by BlackWaterCO

Best new's i've heard ALL month

Posted by ferrarimanf355

I'd take this, but I'd be happier if Criterion uses the Burnout Paradise engine to make a new Road Rash game. I mean, it has motorcycles, all it needs is the ability to beat the crap out of the other riders and an all-Soundgarden soundtrack.

BTW, I heard Peter Frampton do an okay cover of Black Hole Sun, and yes, he uses the talkbox...

Posted by ImperiousRix

Cause if there's one game that needed a sequel...
IT'S BLACK!
*danger falling sarcasm*

Posted by Dirty_Harry

Back in Black?

Posted by NinjaHunter

The sequel should be called "Black: Jack" starring Jack Bauer... or someone named Jack.

Posted by Dryker

Bigger, Badder, Blacker! Now with fully destructible weapons that blow up in your hands! But don't fret! This time you're the bullet! And, yes, fully destructible ballistics accurately mapped to the actual munitions! You thought Burnout: Paradise was fast? Wait 'till you break the sound barrier as a fifty caliber shell before piercing two mortar walls, a hapless chump, and an oil barrel to ignite into oblivion! The next gen sequel to Black: Blackened!

Posted by cspiffo

Black was an ok game.  I never finished it due to the game glitching everytime I crossed the bridge in mission 4.  I just kinda got tired of it.  I never really felt a need to finish either.  I can see the potential of a sequel though.  Sounds like a blast...a...bomb blast...Anyway *waiting for my ears to stop ringing from the shattering glass* Let's see what you can do Critereon....OH!!! You know what would be cool!  Burnout Black!  Think about that one.

Posted by TwoOneFive

this game is going to be super slick looking for sure. hopefully its just a reallly fun shooter and looks like a kick ass action flick, and has decent online. 

Posted by Anthony_Galindo

I bought into the hype of the original game. I expected something akin to what we got from the recent Battlefield: Bad Company. After five minutes you quickly learn that you've already seen everything the game has to offer. Despite how uninteresting that sounds the game still managed to be worth a playthrough just because you wanted to experience the sights and sounds of those wonderful explosions. I hope they turn the sequel into something more than the first game's very, very simple gameplay.

Posted by ChosenGoon87

the first one sucked i'll pass.

Posted by Kush

I loved the first game and I've been waiting for a sequel ever since...I hope they do something different and unique for MP.

Posted by SSbabel

Never played the game, but mates of mine say It's a pretty dope game, looking forward to the first game play trailer.

Posted by BlackWaterCO

Multiplayer and more SP would rock hard

I'd buy BLACKER and all of it's DLC

Posted by LaszloKovacs

"Big Black: Songs About Fucking"

No but seriously, why do I still care about Black again?

Posted by Lunarbunny

Bigger & Blacker sounds like a porno.

Posted by DECA555

i feel the first game didnt get the attention is deserved. That game was one of the better FPS games i had played/ 

Would love to see what Criterion could do with next gen hardware and such a good premise. 
Posted by natetodamax

Can't wait for this game. The first one was just amazing.

Also, LOL @ "Blacker"

But yeah, Black: Second Mission is a boring name. Oh well.

Posted by Gamezilla

Can't say I'm shocked to see this one announced. It carried a pretty hefty load of fans; however, a lot of gamers were turned off by the overall simplicity and shallowness of the gameplay.

Posted by BlackWaterCO

God I really hope these fools are not lying

Posted by gunswordfist

I hope this is true. We really need more great shooters and I know Criterion can deliver.

Posted by TonicBH

Oh god, not a Black sequel. I thought the first one was insipid and flawed on several levels. They'd have to do a lot, and I mean A LOT, to get me anywhere interested in it. Otherwise I'll save my cash for FPSes that were actually good.

Posted by Rogerjak

Yeah I saw it when I bought the magazine (yes I am Portuguese). Black was indeed a great game. I will keep my eys open for more info.

Posted by daniel_beck_90

Black :second mission will certainly be a great rival to Battle field : Bad Company .

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