In recent years, the first-person shooter market has become one of the most saturated in the gaming community. As such, it’s refreshing when a game comes along that introduces a new mechanic which has never been seen before, or expands upon one from the past. The Darkness 2 is one such game which has managed to pique the interest of many gamers with its inclusion of a feature which has been dubbed “quad-wielding.”
Unlike games such as Halo which confine you to the use of two hands to hold weaponry in, The Darkness 2 allows you to make use of your demonic arms bringing your usable total up to four. While the idea of executing the game’s quad-wielding may seem difficult at the outset, if Game Rant’s hands-on and preview are any indication, then gamers should be excited to get their own hands on the game. This may come later than expected though, as publisher 2K Games has just announced that they are delaying the release of the game into February of 2012.
Originally slated to release on October 7, 2011, 2K Games has stated that The Darkness 2 is being pushed back to a release date of February 7, 2012 in North America and February 1o internationally. While some games see minor set-backs before their release, it’s odd to see a game that’s only a few short months from release being pushed back this much. Four months is a long time, especially for fans who have been eagerly anticipating its release.
With a delay such as this, gamers are left to question what the reasoning behind it is. Most likely, developer Digital Extremes is planning to make use of the extra time in order to further polish the title. While this means that gamers will have to wait longer before they can get their hands on it, it may just be a blessing in disguise for the game.
With so many massive titles releasing before the end of the year, particularly in November, there’s a chance that The Darkness 2 could have got lost in the wake of games like Skyrim and Battlefield 3. By February though, much of the hype surrounding these games will have died down enough to allow for other games to make their way onto gamers’ radars and judging by the newest trailer and screens, there’s little doubt that The Darkness 2 could be one of the games to fill this spot.
How do you feel about the idea of quad-wielding? Are you disappointed by the game’s delay into February?
The Darkness 2 is set to release on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on February 7, 2012 in North America and February 10 internationally.