The original Shank was a somewhat divisive game. Nearly every outlet agreed that the original was a fantastically good looking game, but the main problems with the title were the repetition, extremely tough boss battles (especially on the higher difficulties), and the lack of online co-op. Here at Game Rant, Riley Little thought the game was better than average stating that his only major problem with it was the lack of replayability. Overall, the 2D kill ’em up did quite well for developer Klei Entertainment.

So well in fact that today Klei Entertainment- along with their publisher Electronic Arts– has announced that Shank will be getting a sequel aptly titled Shank 2.

Very little information has been released at this time, but at moment a few different modes have been teased on the official blog and a teaser trailer has also been released. Interestingly, the game may not be a pure sequel either as’s Editor-in-Chief Andy Katkin made some comments at EA’s liveblog to explain why the game is being considered as a new IP by EA.

“Shank 2 isn’t just a reboot of Shank. It’s an entirely new game.”

The announcement of Shank 2 comes from the Electronic Arts Vegas Game Show where Jamie Cheng, founder and CEO of Klei Entertainment and co-creator of Shank, also issued a few statements to elucidate some details regarding the upcoming title.

“Creatively, Shank still has a lot to give. We took the feedback from the community and ran with it, putting our own flavor on every change. For Shank 2, we literally took apart the game and put it back together to push the envelope in combat mechanics, visuals, and 2D animation in games.”

In a further interview with Joystiq, Cheng went into more detail regarding why some of the changes to the game were necessary.

“What we did was rip the game apart and reconstruct it to allow us to have more responsive controls and better graphics. We tore our combat system apart … and created new controls to be able to use the enemies’ weapons against themselves.”

The teaser trailer is embedded below for your amusement (via Machinima).


EA’s press release also spares us a few details on the plot. Apparently, the titular Shank, the dark and brooding hitman from the first game, is back in another crazy adventure when the lives of his loved ones are put in danger. The official blog is also stating that the game will feature an improved version of the multiweapon system from the first title that will allow for better comboing and an improved ability to counter incoming attacks and use an enemy’s own weapons against them. Also in addition to improved graphics and environments, a new Survival Mode will feature both local and online co-op in a wave based brawl which sounds very similar to Gears of War 3‘s Horde mode.

No definite release date has been announced as of yet, but Shank 2 will be available sometime in early 2012 on XBLA, PSN, and PC.

Update: Klei Entertainment’s Twitter account believes that EA listing Shank 2 has a new IP is an error. The tweet can be seen here.

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Sources: EA Press Release, Joystiq, Shank 2 Official Blog