It looks like fans will again be able to live the life of Jackie Estacado...vicariously at least. Today, word broke that the mob enforcer turned demon-empowered superhero will return to the video game realm with "The Darkness II" from Top Cow Entertainment and developer 2K Games.
The web site The HD Room has first word on the title, a sequel to 2007's 2K adaptation of the Top Cow property created by Marc Silvestri. That game proved a hit for the companies, though as HDR notes it was overshadowed by the runaway success of 2K's "BioSock."
The new game, set to debut some time in the fall, picks up Jackie's story two years after the last game. Since then, the demonically debonair hitman has risen through the ranks to become the Don of the Franchetti crime family. The sequel's story will be written by comic scribe Paul Jenkins, who is will acquainted with "The Darkness," and the game play will provide a similar mix of traditional shoot 'em up powered by the player keeping to the shadows.
Silvestri described the new story as carrying "dark humor and hardcore tenderness" adding that it is "one of the most brutally cool games I've ever played."
HDR debuted a screenshot from "The Darkness II" which can be seen above. Click through for more of their story, and be sure to stay tuned to CBR for more info on the game as it becomes available.
Official Press Release
2K Games announced today that The Darknessâ„¢ II, the sequel to the million unit-selling 2007 title, The Darknessâ„¢, will be coming to the Xbox 360Â® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStationÂ®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC in fall 2011. Developed by Digital Extremes and based on the supernatural horror comic book series created by Top Cow Productions, Inc., The Darkness II takes players down a brutal and personal path as Jackie Estacado, wielder of The Darkness - an ancient and ruthless force of chaos and destruction.
The Darkness II breaks out of the sea of conventional first-person shooters with its fervid Quad-Wielding gameplay, which will allow players to slash, grab, and throw objects and enemies with their Demon Arms while simultaneously firing two weapons. The game is layered with the use of dark versus light, steeped in deep and twisted storytelling, and engulfed in stylistic violence that is visualized through a hand-painted graphic noir technique that stays true to its comic book origins.
"The Darkness II is a well of dark and imaginative violence, and it's a stylized and beautiful nightmare," said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "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 Darkness II will feature award-winning comic book writer, Paul Jenkins, who will provide a tightly integrated narrative that weaves dark humor with hardcore tenderness.
Take a step back from the familiar and comfortable, and prepare to embrace The Darkness.
It's been two years since Jackie Estacado, now the Don of the Franchetti crime family, used The Darkness to kill the men responsible for his girlfriend's murder. He's been unable to shake the memory of Jenny's death since bottling up his supernatural power, and now The Darkness wants out. A sudden, unprovoked attack on Jackie's life heralds the start of a full-scale mob war, which has clearly been orchestrated by some outside force.Â The botched attempt opens the door for The Darkness to reemerge, and sets Jackie on a journey to hell and worse, as he unravels the mystery behind the attack and the motivations of The Darkness itself.
"Sometimes that whooshing sound you hear is that of comic fans holding their collective breath," said Marc Silvestri, founder and CEO of Top Cow Productions and co-creator of The Darkness comics. "So often disappointed when a favorite character gives birth to a lame movie or video game, us fans have come to expect the worst. And sometimes we get it. But not with The Darkness II. Yeah, call me biased, but this second installment of Jackie Estacado's epic saga is - in my humble opinion - one of the most brutally cool games I've ever played. 2K Games hammered this one out of the park."
The Darkness II is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information on The Darkness II, please visit www.embracethedarkness.com.
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