Darksiders 2 is due to hit both Xbox One and PS4 in an imaginately titled Deathinitive Edition, which will include rebalancing, all previously released DLC and spruced up graphics running at 1080p. This re-release will be handled by Gunfire Games, a team made up almost entirely of ex-Vigil staff, so it’s clearly in the right hands.
The Deathinitive Edition was accidentally leaked on Amazon last month.
Reinhard Pollice, Business & Product Development Director at Nordic Games: “We took over the franchise roughly 2 years ago and thought about the next chapter for Darksiders ever since then. Naturally (and extremely excitedly!), there will be a large-scale project based on Darksiders, but for now it is very important for us to take care of the existing games and make those available to a broader audience. Bringing Darksiders 2 to current gen was a logical step for us and the team at Gunfire Games know their trade inside-out, so we easily and quickly had lots of ideas that we wanted to realise for this specific edition.”
“It feels good to be working on Darksiders again, after a couple of years of hiatus”, comments David Adams, founder and president of Gunfire Games. “This project is a great opportunity for us to pick up where we left off two years ago and dig deeper into the game, which is close to all our hearts. Bringing the definitive Darksiders 2 experience to life is something that we hope a lot of people will enjoy and look forward to.”
I admit to being a bit conflicted about this one. For starters it seems like a massive missed opportunity to not release a package containing remastered versions of both Darksiders and Darksiders 2, but more importantly as great as I thought Darksiders 2 was, a re-release feels a bit unneccessary. It did pretty well commercially, but was never exactly a huge name. Presumably Nordic are keen to do something with the license between now and the inevitable Darksiders 3 to keep the name in the general public’s consciousness.
The screenshots aren’t overly exciting, either, showing what honestly just looks like the same textures but with increased resolution. But it’s early days, yet, as there’s only a vague release date of, “this winter.” Fingers crossed, eh?