2K announces The Darkness II for autumn 2011

Tuesday, 8th February 2011 13:09 GMT By Johnny Cullen

2K has announced The Darkness II for an autumn 2011 release for PS3, 360 and PC.

The game will see players reprise the role of Jackie Estacado from the first game, made by Starbreeze. The Swedish developer is not involved this time, however, instead handing off the reins to Toronto-based Digital Extremes.

DE is known for its involvement in the Unreal Tournament series as well as BioShock 2′s development.

It’ll also feature “Quad-Wielding gameplay” where you’ll be able to use your demon arms to “slash, grab, and throw objects and enemies” whilst using firearms.

“The Darkness II is a well of dark and imaginative violence, and it’s a stylized and beautiful nightmare,” said 2K boss Christoph Hartmann.

“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.”

A Darkness sequel involving DE was first mentioned at SDCC in 2009, with Starbreeze telling VG247 it wasn’t involved at the time.

Check out the first screenshot of the game below.



  1. daytripper

    i thought the first one had some brilliant graphics – art style

    #1 4 years ago
  2. omekomar

    yes yes yes my dream is coming true

    #2 4 years ago
  3. f1r3storm

    omgwtf :D

    #3 4 years ago
  4. BraveArse

    I would be excited but this is the same DE who made Dark Sector… :(

    #4 4 years ago
  5. StolenGlory

    Oh yes, I loved the original! The sequel that I thought would never come – Thank you 2K!

    #5 4 years ago
  6. M2Kx

    finally! but what? Dark Sector? You sure? :(

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Khakimzhan

    Ohhhh – noooooooooo!!!

    i was hopping Starbreeze would be involved((( so sad now

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Erthazus


    #8 4 years ago
  9. StolenGlory

    Didn’t realise you were a Darkness fan Erth? :D

    #9 4 years ago
  10. BraveArse

    @6 yup – it’s burned in my brain, right next to the director of Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. evilashchris

    YESSSSSSSSSSSS!! (maybe)

    #11 4 years ago
  12. lukemime

    Hope it turns out well, the original was great. Just loved using the demon arms to impale thugs :)

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Len

    Really didn’t enjoy the first one after loving the work they (Starbreeze) did on Chronicles Of Riddick.

    We’ll keep an eye on it but just not my cup of tea I think…

    #13 4 years ago
  14. daytripper

    anyone have an idea of what starbreeze are working on? i love their engine.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. M2Kx

    @10: Damn :/

    But maybe, maybe they realize how awesome the darkness was and going to make an even better game as sequal! Because honestly, Dark Sector sucked :(

    #15 4 years ago
  16. back_up

    first one was medicore hope they make a better map this time

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Blerk

    Rather surprised that the first one was so popular. I’d gotten the impression that everyone thought it was ‘a bit meh’.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Hunam

    I think DE have a lot of talent that they just haven’t leveraged properly yet. UT3 which was made without them suffered really heavily I felt. I think they had a more hardcore, calming influence on the game which was lost when Epic went gimmick heavy on the third. Bioshock MP was horrid though but that was down to the disgraceful lag rather than anything else. The maps and gameplay were fun enough.

    I think that they just need to big given a bit more guidance when making a single player game, hopefully 2K will have a raft of strong producers helping them out to get their SP game on it’s best terms.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. BraveArse

    @18 I agree with you totally – they patently are talented I was a UT fan for long enough and UT3 did suck without them, but so far they haven’t done story at all well imo. And The Darkness is nothing without a well written character.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. OrbitMonkey

    @14 I think Star Breeze are working on a Syndicate remake.
    This quad combat system sounds interesting, though I hope they remove the tedious mechanic of shooting out the lights -_-

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Callum

    Aww I loved shooting out the lights! I liked it even more going into that ‘snake’ mode and crawling around corners to break lights and shit.

    I only played it through once…I thought it got a bit weird towards the end…but still an entertaining game well deserving of a sequel.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. AHA-Lambda

    YES!!!! =D

    #22 4 years ago
  23. DEADEYES… no.. don’t give this game to DE’s hands! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO….

    #23 4 years ago
  24. xInFeRnO

    I loved the first one. For the love of God don’t screw this up….

    #24 4 years ago
  25. lucascane

    PC Yeah~

    #25 4 years ago
  26. NeoSquall

    Nice news.
    I hope the pc version will get something like a “remastered” (?) version of the first one…

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Isaaclarke37

    I knew it was coming in a way or another.It was just a matter of time, these news made my day.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. YoungZer0

    Need a Trailer. Now.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. DiodeX

    good, the first one was good enough, the WWI parts were very disturing though!, freaked me out a bit!

    Prey 2 would be nice as well.

    #29 4 years ago

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