E3 2011: Darksiders II a Wii 2 launch title?

[UPDATE] Sources close to THQ say the publisher is readying the postapocalyptic sequel to be one of the first third-party games on Nintendo's new console; title confirmed for the console.


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Last week, THQ announced Darksiders II over a year after initially revealing it was in the works. Officially, the game is coming out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC sometime in 2012. Unofficially, sources close to THQ tell GameSpot that the game is also being prepped as a launch title for the successor for the Wii, which will be unveiled at Nintendo's press event in less than an hour.

Other than the launch window, no other specific information about the Wii 2 version of Darksiders II was currently available. As of press time, THQ reps had not responded to requests for comment.

Darksiders II will focus on a different apocalyptic equestrian.
Darksiders II will focus on a different apocalyptic equestrian.

That said, the publisher did include a few details about Darksiders II in an earlier announcement. The company said the game would follow the horseman Death instead of the original title's protagonist, War, in a parallel story to the original. In the game, Death will attempt to clear War's "good" name (he's accused of starting the end of times ahead of time) and save humankind in the process.

As for gameplay specifics, THQ has said that Darksiders II will feature "a dramatically larger world." Along with the larger world, the publisher is planning to give players upgradable equipment, new enemies, and bigger dungeons.

[UPDATE] At its E3 2011 press conference this morning, Nintendo confirmed that Darksiders is part of the first wave of third-party titles for the new console, called the Wii U. VP of core games Danny Bilson also confirmed it would be a launch title for the system.

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

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