The Darkness II shining this fall

Dark Sector developer Digital Extremes crafting sequel to 2007 original for second half of the year; players will reprise role as criminal Jackie Estacado.

In 2007, publisher 2K and developer Starbreeze Studios unleashed The Darkness for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC to a warm critical reception. As revealed at Comic-Con 2010, the publisher is moving forward with a second entry in the series, but Starbreeze won't be developing it.

The Darkness comes to light this fall.

Announced today was The Darkness II for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Due out at the tail end of this year, the title will continue the narrative of criminal Jackie Estacado and his mystical power, The Darkness, as told in the comic book franchise created by Top Cow Productions.

The title will be developed by Digital Extremes, the Canadian development shop behind Dark Sector, the multiplayer component of BioShock 2, and the upcoming PC version of Homefront. The studio also assisted on The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena.

2K says The Darkness II will distance itself from other first-person shooters with its quad-wielding gameplay mechanic. This option allows players to "slash, grab, and throw objects and enemies with their demon arms while simultaneously firing two weapons."

The game's announcement was light on narrative details. However, what is known is that players will be thrust back into the gritty boots of Estacado, now the don of the Franchetti clan and presented with an all-new storyline.

Unable to rid his mind of the demons associated with his girlfriend's death since containing his mystical powers, Jackie finally breaks. A reasonless attack on Jackie's life kick-starts a full-on mob war, a perfect situation for The Darkness to reemerge. Jackie will travel to "hell and worse" throughout the story of The Darkness II and will learn the reason he was attacked and even the "motivations" of his supernatural powers.

No word yet if Faith No More singer Mike Patton will return in The Darkness II to reprise his role as the voice of Estacado's inner demon, The Darkness.

For more on the original, check out GameSpot's review of The Darkness.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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179 comments
bluespire1
bluespire1

I Liked the first Darkness game but a different developer scares me.

slammann
slammann

@ionusX by the way freaking awsome profile pic

RJtheShadow
RJtheShadow

Let's hope it doesn't get cancelled like its movie. I can only deal with -so- much heartbreak. I think The Darkness was one of the best and most finished First Person Shooter out there... An emotional rollercoaster through a noir (or atleast dark) setting... I want to eat hearts again. There's something about eating hearts that wins me over.

Torque203
Torque203

This game broke my heart, revenge wasn't enough i wanted to torture the dirt bag in the end.

CTR360
CTR360

hell yes the first is fantastic i cant wait for the sequel

CTR360
CTR360

hell yes the first is fantastic i cant wait for the sequel

BloodMist
BloodMist

Yeah I wish the first one had come out for PC, but it didn't, for no good reason.

RoOodriGowW
RoOodriGowW

Woohoo , one of the few original FPS on the market , I remember a couple of years ago I browsed google only to find a small leak by one of its voice actors , finally it's official. :D

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

That quad-wielding system didn't work too well in the first game though. Average game but quite good for an adaptation from comics.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Heck yeah! Mike Patton did a stellar job with the voice acting in the first one; it added a lot to the experience. Let's hope he's back for the second! I almost forgot -- that "special moment" about 1/3 through the first game will be hard to top. So for anyone who never tried the first one, it's well worth downloading or buying an old copy.

jinilthedon
jinilthedon

"In 2007, publisher 2K and developer Starbreeze Studios unleashed The Darkness for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC" ehmm.....Darkness wasnt released for the pc...

JiGSaW918
JiGSaW918

MIKE PATTON NEEDS TO RETURN!!!!!

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I played The Darkness. One of the games I actually finished. Due to the storyline which I quite liked. The Darkness Jackie Estacodo was a great character and I would buy The Darkness 2 to continue the storyline. Which hopefully will compelling as the first. The Darkness was hard enough but not so too hard. I kept me playing I really liked this game. So I glad that the is a sequel.

ArxUnKanesh
ArxUnKanesh

YEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS! One of the best NG games.Can't wait... P.S. It looks like a good year )

mfall121
mfall121

Oh SWEET, I loved the first game and I especially loved Mike Patton as the voice of the Darkness. I will definitely pick this up. Can't wait to see more about this game!

Souwoo
Souwoo

Honestly, my favorite game this gen. I know there are better games, but for some reason I had so much fun with this game and it has stuck with me...Definitely will be picking up part 2.

adamg78
adamg78

the first Darkness game was awesome cant wait for the next one

Dualmask
Dualmask

This is good news. The Darkness was one of the few first person shooters that I genuinely enjoyed and the comic is one of my favorites too. I'll be looking forward to this.

charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

Finally bought the first one, looks nice. Hope Mike will return, cause he´s an awesome dude.

bl1980
bl1980

The first one was a great game. It was also the first game I played on the PS3 when I got it. Loved the story... very compelling. And well... Mike Patton is the man!

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Loved the first. Greatly looking forward to this.

standarddamage
standarddamage

The Darkness was an amazing and under-appreciated game. Hopefully they do as good a a job on the sequel...not sure I'm real keen Digital Extremes being the shop behind it. Their efforts haven't been very exceptional to date.

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Finally, I loved the first game and here is to hoping they do get Mike Patton back, he was seriously good as The Darkness.

natenation87
natenation87

I am so excited for this. I have been wanting a sequel for sooo long. I absoutely love The Darkness. Excellent story, settings, environments and characters. I actually cared for the characters and when certain events happened I was so sad. It was one of the first 360 games I got and it's one of my all time favourites. Day one for me :)

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

Used to read the comics as a kid but never played the game, heard it was very good, to many games out this year to be backlogin just yet though..

DonBaser
DonBaser

BROTHA DARKNESS EVERYBODY!!! Seriously, i'm gonna buy Darkness 1 again =D that game was so awesome and this is the best news ever

Hippoboy
Hippoboy

oh sweet! Lets hope they can pull off a worthy sequel to the superb original.

Hurvl
Hurvl

I didn't know the Darkness came to PC and there is no info on Gamespot of there being a PC version, other than this article. At least the second will be on PC it says.

Skakruk
Skakruk

Lol - if not Starbreeze it's not worth playing....

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

Darkness was one of the first great 360 games and it really stands up well against recent titles, the ending was also a serious pain in the butt so I can't wait for this sequel!!

Megamoss1984
Megamoss1984

Fantastic news! The Darkness was one of the first games I played when I got my PS3 and it blew me away. Looking back on it there's a lot that could have been improved gameplay wise, but the story, atmosphere and sheer originality of it were breathtaking. Hopefully the sequel can improve upon the gameplay and maintain the feel. I'll be very upset if it's not done right.

tyskenfan
tyskenfan

I didn't like the Darkness, so I guess that the Darkness 2 will not be better

Balck_soul
Balck_soul

darkness one had one of the best most gripping stories and excellent new game mechanics and was really wondering about the 2nd one. now my life is complete!

Hockenberry
Hockenberry

polsci1503 Posted Feb 8, 2011 10:20 pm PT I was excited when I saw the title, then became unexcited when I read Digital Extremes Don't worry it could be worse. EA could of gotten their hands on this! :P

xboxaficionado
xboxaficionado

Finally, took 'em long enough... now how about Dark Sector 2?

polsci1503
polsci1503

I was excited when I saw the title, then became unexcited when I read Digital Extremes.

Bah-Humbug
Bah-Humbug

The article is wrong The Darkness was not released for PC.

H0rr0rG4m3r
H0rr0rG4m3r

The Darkness was a good game but could have been better, might check this one out

steelmouth
steelmouth

Why they got to mention Dark Sector i hated that game and up to this day i still ant finish it yet, it just doest have that thing that pulls you to keep playing even beyond finishing the game now that we got that out the way there are some achivements i still ant get in The Darkness maybe i should

steelmouth
steelmouth

Hell Yeah, bring it on i loved the 1st one so am love this one too, I only ask they up the graphics the 1st Darkness had lasr gen graphics

Hunterjuggz
Hunterjuggz

Looking forward to it. The first wasn't the greatest out there, but covered the story well and handled the different type of character that Jesse was with ease.

Sigh_han
Sigh_han

I hope they don't f*** this up. I really liked the first one.

deltamirage
deltamirage

Nice suprise. First game was Solid for an early title

DanieltheDead
DanieltheDead

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DanieltheDead
DanieltheDead

Tentatively looking forward to this; hopefully the core structure won't be as linear as the first game, and the combat will be more compelling and rewarding than it was the first time around. Maybe we'll even get to see The Angelus this time around? So yeah, this is good news, but I'd still rather have a Witchblade game...

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

This is great news. I found the first one to be kind of underrated. Can't wait to hear more.