The Darkness II encroaches Oct. 4

2K Games nails down North American date for Digital Extremes' follow-up to 2007 first-person shooter; international launch set for October 7.

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2K Games today detailed its plans to spread Darkness throughout the world. The publisher confirmed that The Darkness II, the sequel to 2007's well-reviewed supernatural first-person shooter, is set to arrive in North American stores October 4, with an international launch October 7.

The Little Italian Anti-Defamation League would not approve.

The Darkness II will pick up several years after the events of the original, with players once again taking the role of Jackie Estacado, now the don of the Franchetti clan. While he has controlled the chaotic powers inside him since the events of the first game, a reasonless attempt on his life kick-starts a full-on mob war, a perfect situation for the Darkness to reemerge.

While the original Darkness game was made by Starbreeze Studios (The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay), development for the second installment has been entrusted to Digital Extremes. The Canadian studio is perhaps best known for 2008's third-person action game Dark Sector, but it has more recently been working on the PC port of THQ's Homefront, as well as the multiplayer mode of 2K Marin's BioShock 2.

For more on The Darkness II, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

34 comments
icebox98
icebox98

on pc? hahaha, nice!!!!!!........... LETS PLAY!!!!!!

metalkid9
metalkid9

I can guarantee you its gonna get delayed

ps2fatboy
ps2fatboy

was a cool game was in some spots ,but for a game for its age it did well and mike pattons voices were creepy as hope hes back on the second one

Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

Wow. I had forgotten about the Darkness, but thinking back on it, it was a great game. Looking forward to a sequel.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

I wished they would port the first one to pc.

SaibotF8
SaibotF8

The first one was awesome.

overlord_hh
overlord_hh

Thanku for releasing it on pc......really even if it sux v much(which i knw it wont) im still getting it ,,,,there arnt much pc games like this one out there really:-(

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

i'd like the first game aswell please. :) glad the second one is on pc. :)

ravi_007
ravi_007

hell yeah!!! very happy. coz i m a pc gamer.

Neo_Sarevok
Neo_Sarevok

Yea that's kind of a misleading video, lol. You know, the Darkness effects and graphics look awesome, but yea looking at this from the year 2011, the textures do feel a tad washed out. But it's light-years better than cel-shaded graphics, if that's what they're planning. If they seriously plan to do that, I'd rather they just use the exact same Darkness 1 engine and make a new continued story out of it.

BFKZ
BFKZ

lets hope they don't stuff it with multiplayer leaving the campaign short.

CTR360
CTR360

great news i cant wait

Evz0rz
Evz0rz

@ jer_1 That is footage from the first game, IMO i think the cel shading could be a change for the good. From the looks of the screens it doesn't look to be a heavy as say borderlands, more like it just gives everything a more "artistic" direction if that's the right word for it. Which makes sense as the Darkness' roots are in graphic novels :)

steelmouth
steelmouth

i loved the 1st one to bits,they should keep everthing from the 1st one and just up the graphics PS Dark sector ws really bad am still to complete it years after i bought it,so non that ish should find its way near the darkness

Lotus-Edge
Lotus-Edge

This'll definitely be better than the first, and the first was already a great game.

xboxaficionado
xboxaficionado

Looking forward to this game, how about a Dark Sector 2 after this? ;)

ProjektInsanity
ProjektInsanity

Normally, I'm a HUGE fan of cell shading, but like all things, it has a time and place. When Borderlands opted to go with cell shading (to the chagrin of many haters out there) I was ecstatic. I thought the style perfectly complimented the comical, action-oriented nature of that game. The Darkness, on the other hand, seems much better suited for a realistic style. Still, as always, I'll reserve judgment until I see the final product.

muffintheduffin
muffintheduffin

i heard they're going for a cel shaded look. Not too excited about that :/ I really enjoyed the gritty kind of realistic look they went with, i wish they'd work on the engine they used in The Darkness and improve on it.

Septagon7
Septagon7

Dark Sector was a great game and proved to me that DE is a credible dev. I'm confident they will do the series justice.

deathstream
deathstream

I wish Starbreeze was doing this game. :(

santinegrete
santinegrete

@jer_1 gameplay footage was from original The Darkness game.

Sporkgasm
Sporkgasm

@jer_1 It looked like the first game to me.

Hansathan
Hansathan

HUMAN FLESH, SUSTENANCE FOR SUCH AS US! Haha I love that line from the first one. Darkness was the first game I bought for my 360, and a damn fine purchase.

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

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jer_1
jer_1

Was this video for Darkness II or the original? It really wasn't that great looking unfortunately. I do hope this game turns out well, it will give me a reason to play it so I can hear the stuff Mike Patton is bringing to the table for the critters he's possessed with.

Evz0rz
Evz0rz

The first one was by far one of my favorite games this gen! Can't wait for this one and I really hope Digital Extremes does it justice

Mawfawka
Mawfawka

hope the music is just as awesome as it was in the first one. Really made the battles that much more intense

Mawfawka
Mawfawka

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smoman5000
smoman5000

It could be really different due to Digital Extremes involvement. I hope its as good or better than the first.

MichaeltheCM
MichaeltheCM

wasn't too crazy about the first, i'll still give this a chance though-hope it doesn't disappoint

Altaireed
Altaireed

Nice to see that the second one is coming out for PC as well.