The Darkness II to be revealed in the next issue of games™
Revealed inside: The first details on 2K Games’ forthcoming The Darkness II, including exclusive comment from new developer Digital Extremes and a sneak peek at games™’s The Darkness II cover, coming 17 February.
Announced 08 February, The Darkness II is 2K Games’ surprise sequel to its 2007 comic book adaptation FPS, The Darkness. While the first game was developed by the critically acclaimed Starbreeze Studios, The Darkness II has been passed to Digital Extremes, the developer best known for its work on Dark Sector.
Digital Extremes is carving its own path with the sequel, removing some of the backtracking subway elements of the original and overhauling the graphics engine with a cel-shaded look that retains the bloody and violent tone of the Top Cow comics. In an exclusive interview with games™, The Darkness II’s lead designer Tom Galt explained Digital Extremes’ approach to development, in comparison to Starbreeze’s efforts. “What Starbreeze did well, in a nutshell, were characters and story”, he says. “It’s one of the only games I played where I actually felt an emotional connection. The Jenny death scene was incredible. I think in The Darkness there’s a lot of exploration and walking through New York City, and we felt like, ‘Well that’s cool,’ but we decided to take our game in a different direction and focus more on the action and the story.”
In a press release announcing the sequel, 2K president Christoph Hartmann says, “The Darkness II continues the 2K Games tradition of delivering quality, innovative games that are filled to the brim with atmosphere and deep storytelling. The game takes a unique stance on fighting in the dark versus light. Combined with the arsenal of weapons at Jackie’s disposal and the gruesome attacks of the supernatural Demon Arms and Darkness powers, we’re proud to announce another title that delivers on our core values of creating games for gamers.”
The full interview with The Darkness II’s lead designer Tom Galt, plus an extensive look at the game itself, will appear in Issue 106 of games™ which should arrive with subscribers this weekend and go on sale across the world Thursday 17 February. Want to subscribe? You can do so here, while the issue can be bought from the Imagine Shop or downloaded for the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch through iTunes.