Remember when Henshin A Go Joe told us about why his copy of The Darkness is not on sale? Well, it appears that there is now a sequel on the way. However, the announcement leaves me unsure of whether I should be thrilled or wary.
First, Starbreeze is no longer involved, the studio behind it this time being Digital Extremes. You might be familiar with them for their work on Dark Sector or the multiplayer component of BioShock 2. While not exactly a studio I would cheer for taking over the game, I suppose I will have a wait and see approach.
Unfortunately, the marketing team has then come up with the term 'quad-wielding combat,' nodding to the protagonist Jackie Estacado's ability to shoot two guns and use the shadowy arms of The Darkness at the same time. I suppose? The story is also reported to be ruthless:
It's been two years since Jackie Estacado, now the Don of the Franchetti crime family, used The Darkness to kill the men responsible for his girlfriend's murder. He's been unable to shake the memory of Jenny's death since bottling up his supernatural power, and now The Darkness wants out. A sudden, unprovoked attack on Jackie's life heralds the start of a full-scale mob war, which has clearly been orchestrated by some outside force. The botched attempt opens the door for The Darkness to reemerge, and sets Jackie on a journey to hell and worse, as he unravels the mystery behind the attack and the motivations of The Darkness itself.
Here I will jump in to say I'm no fan of the comic series off which the game is built. Long ago a friend gave me all sort of indie comics HeroClix figures, and The Darkness was among them--picking up that comic was quickly followed by putting down that comic. Not my cup of tea. The fact that I picked up the game was due to recommendations from people I trusted. Therefore, the story above seems pretty typical of what I'd expect, though I could say the same of the plot summary of the last. Largely, it'll depend on how they deliver the story.
The writer is to be Paul Jenkins, who has previously worked on the comic book series. He's also been involved in some part in most of Marvel's major dust-ups a few years ago. However, this line is just mind-boggling: "[he] will provide a tightly integrated narrative that weaves dark humor with hardcore tenderness."
Hardcore tenderness? I think that needs to be the name of a leather bar.
The game should be releasing this Fall for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC (for which the original was never published, mind).