During its dying years, THQ actually made an effort to put out as many high quality games as possible, ditching the casual-focused projects that largely defined their past. They even started a new hardcore action game series in the vein of God of War or Devil May Cry called Darksiders. One of the last games released by THQ was the well-received Darksiders follow-up Darksiders 2, which many saw as a vast improvement over the original.
Unfortunately, THQ bit the dust not long after the release of Darksiders 2, and despite garnering a larger audience, the future of the franchise was put into serious jeopardy. THQ’s properties started being sold left and right, with Nordic Games picking up the bulk of their IPs, and even the rights to the THQ publishing name. Nordic hasn’t made it a secret that they plan on utilizing their acquisitions, and now their second game based on a former THQ property has been announced.
For their second THQ-based project, Nordic is re-releasing Darksiders 2 on PS4 and Xbox One as Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition, with a current release window slated for this coming winter. This remastered version is being developed by a studio called Gunfire Games, comprised mostly of former Vigil Games employees, the studio that created the Darksiders franchise to begin with.
The Deathinitive Edition sounds like it will be the most complete version of Darksiders 2 yet. It will come with all of the DLC that was ever released for the game, which will include story content as well as weapons. The game’s graphics are being greatly improved, with better lighting and shadow effects, as well as more detailed character models and environments, all running at a native 1080p resolution. Not content on just prettying up the graphics, the game’s loot distribution and balancing are also being tweaked for the re-release.
Nordic didn’t only announce the release window for Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition, however. They’ve also spilled the beans on the possibility of the original Darksiders coming to new-gen, too, as well as confirmed that Darksiders 3 is in development. Right now it looks like the remastered version of the original Darksiders will be hitting store shelves long before Darksiders 3 sees the light of day, though. As a representative from Nordic said, “It is very important for to take care of the existing games.”
Currently, not much is known about Darksiders 3. Nordic says that the project has been discussed for the past two years, and that its scope is “large scale.” However, the former creative director of the series has spoken at length about what the plans once were for the game, and he mentioned Lucifer being the primary antagonist and 4-player co-op functionality. It will be interesting to see if the final Darksiders 3 project resembles the game’s original vision at all once it’s finally unveiled.
Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition will be available this winter for PS4 and Xbox One.