Light shed on Darkness

2K Games revealed as new publisher of comic-based game formerly handled by Majesco, announces release next winter.

As part of its retreat from the front lines of the console wars, Majesco Entertainment last December sold off its rights to a pair of in-development games to a mystery publisher for $8 million.

The mystery was partially solved today as 2K Games today stepped forward as the new publisher of The Darkness, and announced a release date for the project, which should arrive "next winter."

Developed by Starbreeze Studios, the team behind 2004's surprise hit, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, The Darkness is based on the Top Cow comic of the same name. The comic follows Jackie Estacado, a mob assassin who, while on a job, acquires a host of black-magic powers, known collectively as "The Darkness." Eisner Award winner Paul Jenkins penned the game's story.

While it's now known what happened to the rights to the Darkness, the other game involved in the Majesco deal, an adaptation of the forthcoming comic-based film Ghost Rider, is still spinning its wheels in limbo. Considering that Majesco announced selling the rights to both games to a single publisher, 2K Games seems a likely candidate to publish the game based on Marvel Comics' spirit of vengeance, but the company is staying mum on the subject. As a 2K rep told GameSpot, "We have only announced Darkness. Anything else is just speculation."

The Darkness is scheduled for release next winter "for next-generation console systems."

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29 comments
ghostpanther
ghostpanther

The game is in much better hands now. Majesco is on life-support.

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

i like the picture, so it's totally gonna either blow or be radically boss. it's most likely gonna probably own!

jknowlton
jknowlton

I love the comic and am really psyched about this game!!

daveg1
daveg1

next winter! gee what a joke that is,the game was anounced last year!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

This is good for 2K Games, but I still feel bad for Majesco.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

This might actually be cool. I have high hopes for it.

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

The Darkness sound cool, but i have a strange feeling about it.

NightRain
NightRain

Damn... next winter. :( I hope 2K will pick up Ghost Rider. I'm sure Ghost Rider would be a better game.

davahsa
davahsa

Starbreeze+360=awesomecoolness

madgamer2000
madgamer2000

i dont personally see either of these making very good games, although the darkness comic had some cool stuff, so if they said to hell with the comic story and just made a game where you go around doing missions killing stuff with your powers leveling up it could be pretty cool.

Kfoss
Kfoss

this game is probably going to suck, I have read the entire comic series and it just doesn

guiltygamer
guiltygamer

cool i was hoping this would find a publisher!

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Could be interesting, I'll keep an eye open.

ashmantle
ashmantle

I believe Starbreeze knows what they're doing.

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

I'm finding myself more interested in the Ghost Rider movie than either of these games.

umbrae
umbrae

Probably will be released on the XBOX 180, PS4 and Nintendo Googlevision....

paradyme777
paradyme777

JEEZ Next winter?! *sigh*...oh well...

Solarsonic7
Solarsonic7

Who doesn't want to play as a motorcycle-riding, leather-clothed skeleton with a flaming skull?

Mit_Man
Mit_Man

The Ghost Rider game can stay missing. There's no way that can be good...

Solarsonic7
Solarsonic7

That Ghost Rider game better be good.

moohan
moohan

that comic is pretty insaine so look for this game to be out of control... as long as 2k keeps up the quality and effort that they have been putting into their games as of late....

britboy68
britboy68

oh yeah. this is so cool. Chronicles of Riddick ruled and so will this--First