I must have slept through the announcement of this game earlier this month. But now I am awake and I am excited. Jackie Estacado is coming back.
Seriously, I am a big fan of the original and am now happy as Larry to hear that a sequel will be coming this Autumn from 2K Games. Jackie Estacado will be back, complete with the almost uncontrollable power of The Darkness, an ancient force of chaos and destruction. The player will be able to utilise their demon arms to slash, grab and throw objects and enemies, whilst wielding two weapons, offering a unique experience in the first-person shooter genre.
â€œThe Darkness II is a well of dark and imaginative violence, and itâ€™s a stylized and beautiful nightmare,â€ said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. â€œThe 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 Jackieâ€™s disposal and the gruesome attacks of the supernatural Demon Arms and Darkness powers, weâ€™re proud to announce another title that delivers on our core values of creating games for gamers.â€
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.
Itâ€™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 girlfriendâ€™s murder. Heâ€™s been unable to shake the memory of Jennyâ€™s death since bottling up his supernatural power, and now The Darkness wants out. A sudden, unprovoked attack on Jackieâ€™s life heralds the start of a full-scale mob war, which has clearly been orchestrated by some outside force. 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.
â€œSometimes that whooshing sound you hear is that of comic fans holding their collective breath,â€ said Marc Silvestri, founder and CEO of Top Cow Productions and co-creator of The Darkness comics. â€œSo 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 Estacadoâ€™s epic saga is â€“ in my humble opinion â€“ one of the most brutally cool games Iâ€™ve ever played. 2K Games hammered this one out of the park.â€
Let’s hope that they do something new with the multiplayer this time around.