2K has announced The Darkness II will a feature narrative co-op experience titled Vendettas, which takes place parallel to the single-player story.
Playable for up to four friends, Vendettas gives the player a choice of four characters, each with their own unique Darkness weapon. Designed as a “team-focused, mission based experience,” Vendettas will explore the role each character plays in Jackie Estacado’s mission to defeat the Brotherhood.
By branching off into parallel missions which connect thematically to the core single-player story arc, four players can explore a variety of environments not found in the main story which still adhere to the lore. Vendettas will also feature a new Hit List mode, which allows players to repeat campaign moments or start new scenarios, each multidimensional for the four characters.
The four characters, listed below, possesses their own combat styles and are designed for pick-up-and-play:
- Inugami: Wielding the mythical Kusanagi samurai sword rumored to have killed ten thousand innocents, Inugami is a dark and mentally unstable character with revenge-driven motives against The Brotherhood and their allies for the slaughter of his entire family. He can also use a swarm of miniature demons to attack and immobilize his enemies.
- Shoshanna: Shoshanna is an ultra-efficient agent for Mossad, the Israeli Intelligence Agency, who was sent to New York to combat a spike in Brotherhood activity. Her obedience and devotion to her superiors makes her a perfect operative, and she harbors a passion for hunting and destroying evil in the world as part of her legacy. Shoshanna wields the Arm of the Night, a powerful weapon fueled with Dark essence and the power to fire multiple rounds of gunfire at one time.
- Jimmy Wilson: A product of inner-city Glasgow, Scotland, and a notorious alcoholic, Jimmy believes The Brotherhood is simply another form of the Hated English that persecuted his family in the past, and he travels to New York to torment them to the fullest extent. He wields the Dark Axe, and has the ability to summon Darklings that he commonly refers to as “Little Jimmys”.
- J.P. DuMond: A former doctor from New Orleans, DuMond is burdened with guilt for using a form of Louisiana Voodoo to heal his patients. The use of dark magic drew the attention of The Brotherhood, an organization which J.P. is now forced to combat in order to halt their pursuit of evil relics. J.P. wields the Midnight Stick and can pull enemies into an anatomy-crushing vortex when he tosses his Box of Tricks – a black metal box filled with dark power – into an open area.
The Darkness II will be available PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on February 7 in North America and February 10 internationally.
Check out the trailer below, courtesy of RipTen.