2K Games has officially announced a sequel to The Darkness, set to launch this Fall for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The Darkness II picks up two years after the events of the first The Darkness and sees the Darkness re-emerge after an assassination attempt on protagonist Jackie’s life goes sour. And in true bad timing form, The Darkness decides to surface again in the midst of a full-scale mob war.
The big selling point this time around will be the new Quad-Wielding gameplay system, allowing players to "slash, grab, and throw objects and enemies with their Demon Arms while simultaneously firing two weapons."
“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 is being written by comic scribe Paul Jenkins, who will be incorporating dark humor and "hardcore tenderness" into the game’s script.
“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.”