The Darkness sequel uncloaked - Report

Top Cow reveals during Comic-Con panel that demonic comic will see a second game; Starbreeze reportedly not involved.

Top Cow's infernal comic The Darkness found a welcome home in the gaming sector in 2007, courtesy of 2K Games and Starbreeze Studios. A first-person shooter, The Darkness managed to draw critical praise on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the face of competition from such classics as Halo 3, Call of Duty 4, and The Orange Box.

Jackie Estacado believes in a thing called love.

Unfortunately, not much has been heard about the gaming future of Top Cow's franchise since The Darkness launched. That changed yesterday, though, as Top Cow announced at Comic-Con 2009 that a second game is in development. According to entertainment site Newsarama, information on the game remains sparse, with the comic company saying only that comic scribe Paul Jenkins (Spectacular Spider-Man, Vol. 2, Hellblazer) will pen its script.

However, it appears that Starbreeze won't be returning for The Darkness 2. Speaking to UK gaming site VG247, Starbreeze CEO Johan Kristiansson said, "I heard that there were talks about a Darkness sequel, but Starbreeze is not involved in anything like that right now. We are busy on two projects together with EA." Those two projects are Project RedLime, which was announced in February 2008, and a game based on Robert Ludlum's novels, revealed in February 2009.

It also remains unclear whether 2K Games will return as publisher on The Darkness 2 and when the game is expected to be completed. When contacted by GameSpot, a 2K Games representative offered a succinct, "no comment." Top Cow had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Lastly, Top Cow's panel yielded one other nugget of news related to The Darkness. According to Newsarama, Top Cow president Matt Hawkins revealed that a live-action film based on the comic is in development. Details on the project were light, with Hawkins only saying that Scott Stuber Productions (The Kingdom, The Break-Up) was attached to produce.

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169 comments
muppen
muppen

Great news. I really liked the first game :)

mitchellmac
mitchellmac

pl3ase make a second game i love it so much...just needs work on multiplayer haha!

ShadowRealm2FX
ShadowRealm2FX

Definitely looking forward to the sequel also, loved the first one indeed, great story and gameplay

YouVandal3
YouVandal3

the darkness was brilliant. single player campaign i can keep playing. i really hope theres a sequel

malfarf15869
malfarf15869

wow this looks pretty cool... first one was one of the first games i got for my 360 an it was awesome... not the best but awesome... stoked for darkness 2 :)

darkheath
darkheath

I got this free in a promotion at Gamestop with BioShock. After finishing BioShock, I put this disc in and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. i would say I liked it at least equally to BioShock. I will also say.. that the 1st level in World War I was one of the creepiest, spine-tingling levels I've ever played in a video game. I also loved the simple things it put in like sitting to watch a movie with your girlfriend. It really lifted the immersion factor much higher than most games. i would buy the sequel. Kudos to Starbreeze on a great experience.

Valkirye22
Valkirye22

darkness is one of the games that made PS3 what it is sequel would be a must buy

felipe_k3
felipe_k3

I hope they make an even better game than the first one. The darkness is awesome, but the only annoying thing about it are the guns, it seems like they are there just to make the word "FPS" true. If they make a new one I'll even buy it as soon as possible.

blaze_adeel
blaze_adeel

the darkness was my favourite game uptil now i loved its story .darkness is the only game that i play again and again .i am so hyped for the darkness 2

Imperator2007
Imperator2007

The first game was amazing. When I think of powerful moments in video games, I go back to the scene where Jenny (the only good person in the game) gets killed and you commit suicide. It was really awesome stuff. Also, the voice of the Darkness was exceedingly creepy and very fitting. I hope that the sequel manages to capture the dark atmosphere of the first game.

Imperator2007
Imperator2007

The first game was so excellent. When I think of powerful moments in a video game, I think of the scene where Jenny gets shot and you commit suicide, only to end up in the underworld. It blew my mind! And the WWI theme of the underworld created a unique feel. All in all, a game with a very dark and brooding atmosphere that I loved. I hope the sequel manages to capture the feel of the first game. Oh, and the voice of the demons is the creepiest/best voice ever

Rayz2112
Rayz2112

The 1st one was an amazing game, just a little short. Can't wait for a sequel. :D Hasnt this movie supposedly been rumored for a while, along with Witchblade and Magdalena, being talked about as well

JimmeCata
JimmeCata

@somestupidloser I don't even need to say anything, your username says it all.

JimmeCata
JimmeCata

AHHHHHHHHHHHH THEY"RE MAKING A FILM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAWWWWEEEEEEEESSSSOOOOOMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The comics are bad ass. If you haven't read them, go buy The Darkness Compendium Vol.1 from amazon.com for $37. That is one helluva deal for a book that's 1280 pages long.

tuna_leg
tuna_leg

The Darkness was wicked, I'd be way more stoked for a sequel to this than Bioshock

umbaquaw
umbaquaw

To those who never picked up the first: Do it. The last I checked it was about 20$ or less which is a must buy. I can not wait for the sequel though I hope they make it truly more open world with less loads and more people in the world. Maybe this new developer will do a great job, who knows. The first was beautiful but could use some changes.

MikeySSH
MikeySSH

the first one was awesome.... single player wise, the multiplayer on the games blows though

Melty123
Melty123

Didn't get the game and I don't know why, maybe if the sequel comes out I'll give it a try.

hipgangsta
hipgangsta

It seems cool, but to my view, they didn't leave it open for a sequel, I mean, yeah, Darkness is still around, Johnny the Hitman to the rescue, dead lady, revenge. It reminds me of that Prey game on the 360

sluffmochildeater
sluffmochildeater

Loved the first game. Just concerned that the second isn't being done by Starbreeze. Here's to hoping it's as great and maybe a little longer story-wise.

DarkStreetDev
DarkStreetDev

This is the best news to come from Comic Con.

murano28
murano28

The darkness was surprisingly a great game,,,first game that impressed me on ps3..glad i played it..dont be fooled from the demo btw.

kamilinho19
kamilinho19

i have ps3 version and it's not crashing LOL Lawrencevanrijn this joke is not funny man...

Lawrencevanrijn
Lawrencevanrijn

I loved the game on my 360 (the PSX3 crashed all the time). The storyline, the controlls. Most Excellent game! Hope it is in the same style

sizzleman30
sizzleman30

I finished the game and it was quite good. No Starbreeze though....eeeeek

RandomCTG
RandomCTG

never finished the game either

somestupidloser
somestupidloser

The Darkness doesn't deserve a sequel, the origional game was bad enough.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

I hope they fix the map. It's damn useless. :(

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Want to say that I'm stuck at the first chapter because I don't know where to go.

Ashley_wwe
Ashley_wwe

Nice! :) although I never finished the first one, sounds interesting... I just hope that this one has a more straight forward feeling to it if you know what I mean... there was a weird feeling about the first one at the same time making it feel all over the place, but it was still a great game!

AdventFFVII
AdventFFVII

I hope they put Jackie's Darkness armor in the game and make him look more like he did in the comics....He was just fugly in the last game. And NO MULTIPLAYER please. Or if they decide to put it in polish it clean. The Darkness had the laggiest experience ever online.

deadrisingguy
deadrisingguy

The Darkness needs a sequel, loved the first one. I hope they capture the feel of the first one! and a movie!? cant wait for both

solidstein
solidstein

@fuzzy slipperz as i will agree with u that the xbox is not a powerhouse but as of now the ps3 has not been fully tapped into so they are honestly equal but if a company makes a game on a xbox dev kit then ports it over to the ps3 and puts more polish time on the xbox then of course the xbox will look better it which ever one was the main dev console unless u have a really good team and they polish both the same. here is to hoping uncharted and GoW and ffxiii and gt5 show us that the ps3 is a better system graphically

Eman5805
Eman5805

@ Scryer999 Oh Lord. I got him mixed up with a football player. Thanks.

spawnassasin
spawnassasin

sweet ive been waiting for a sequel maybe ill pick the first one up again

Fuzzy__Slipperz
Fuzzy__Slipperz

@ Buffdaddy And a few said the same for the other but when you have both systems and you borrow a copy for the other console and take your brother's HDTV and put it right next to the same tv in my room and compare the games then you can find out which one looks better.

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

Also, I hope they bring Mike Patton back as the voice of The Darkness, He was vicious in the first game, and His voice work for the Special Infected for Left 4 Dead was awesome

bannermanner
bannermanner

I'm skeptical because it's not Starbreeze, but I'm excited anyway. The Darkness more than deserves a sequel, and I'm glad it's finally getting one.

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

@ Fuzzy__Slipperz I dunno, A few gaming websites said Fallout 3 graphically was better then its PS3 counter part

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

Ahh.....aint no point in getting a sequel to a game, if one of the original teams isnt going to help with it

shkar
shkar

The Darkness was one of my favourite current generation games,,,,,,,,,I really enjoyed the diaglogue,,the dual gun gameplay,the story and the twist in the end of the game...........I just wish that the second one will not be screwed.......

Vividnightmare
Vividnightmare

A game and a movie, this is awesome I totally fell inlove with the first game and can only hope the 2nd matches the quality. The loss of starbreeze though does worry me as they did make the first one, no game ever has kept the same style and quality when switching developers.

Nihmmoh
Nihmmoh

ahhhhhh..... no starbreeze:(

payne6705
payne6705

The 1st one was great I can't wait for this one..just hope its a bit longer though

Fuzzy__Slipperz
Fuzzy__Slipperz

Looks promising. And melty3219, you got it wrong. Every multiplatform game looks better if not the same as the Xbox. Remember the Xbox isn't a powerhouse. Thats not a fanboy statement, its pretty much the truth.