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All Articles: Darksiders II
Just one new entry to the Xbox Games Store today, but it’s one that fans of action RPGs and post-apocalyptic settings should be excited for… and no, I’m not talking about a surprise early release for Fallout 4.
Instead, I’m referring to Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition, an updated and enhanced Xbox One re-release of a game originally available for the Xbox 360 in 2012. The definitive Deathinitive Edition includes all the previously-released downloadable content and was even developed by Gunfire Games, a company founded by several members of the now-defunct original developer, Vigil Games.
Are you ready for the End of Days? Here’s more information on Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition from publisher Nordic Games:
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Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition ($29.99)
Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition features Darksiders II with all DLC included and integrated into the game which offers a total playtime of more than 30 hours. Become the terrifying force which everything fears but nothing can escape. Awakened by the End of Days, Death, the most feared of the legendary Four Horsemen embarks on a quest to redeem his brother’s name. Along the way, the Horseman discovers that an ancient grudge may threaten all of Creation. Death lives!
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If you drop all the motorcycle gear, you’re left with two men in speedos, which is a perfect segue into the news that 2K Games will bring WWE 2K16 to the PS3 and PS4 this week. Their latest wrasslin’ title includes the franchise’s biggest roster to date and an expanded Create-A-Wrestler mode.
No speedos can be found in Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode, which is quickly expanding this week with the release of Episode 2: Assembly Required on the PS3 and PS4.
Finally this week, a pair of re-releases will make fans of RPGs very happy. Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition makes its console debut this week as Larian Studios brings an expanded and enhanced version of their RPG to the PS4. Slightly more familiar to PS4 owners might be this Friday’s PS4 release of Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition, which includes the apocalyptic action RPG sequel (originally released for the PS3 in 2012) and all its downloadable content.
More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) is available found after the break. And, as always, a complete rundown of this week’s new game add-ons and discounts can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)
After last week’s soft launch, Microsoft is finally ready to unleash the highly-anticipated Halo 5: Guardians onto the Xbox One audience. Microsoft has been building towards the return of the Master Chief ever since the platform’s launch back in 2013. Will it live up to the hype? I don’t know, but it’ll certainly move a few Xbox One bundles this holiday season.
For players looking for an edge in Halo 5 (or any action-heavy Xbox One game), Microsoft will also release the Xbox One Elite Controller this week. Featuring a slew of swappable components and the powerful Xbox Accessories app to help customize the controller, Microsoft is hoping to establish the Elite Controller as the input option of choice for hardcore gamers.
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Rounding out this week’s new releases is a trio of re-releases including the debut of Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition on the PS4 and Xbox One. It’s joined by the coming apocalypse of Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition (PS4, Xbox One) and the dirt track racing of MX vs ATV: Supercross Encore (PC, PS4).
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A full list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)
The Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition was originally scheduled to be released on October 6, but you might have noticed that the game didn’t launch as planned since today’s the sixth and the game is currently absent from stores shelves. Thankfully, a new release date is just around the corner…
Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition will be released for both the PS4 and Xbox One on October 27. The remake will feature enhanced graphics, rebalanced gameplay, and all downloadable content previously released for the game.
“It’s rare that as developers we get the opportunity to revisit one of our previous games. The passage of time and the numerous games we’ve worked on since Darksiders II shipped has allowed us to return to it with a fresh perspective,” said John Pearl, a Design Director at Gunfire Games. “With that said, we went back to what is a huge game and addressed things we didn’t have time for or didn’t notice the first time. We started by revisiting every asset in the game, increasing the texture resolutions and brought the art up to spec to take full advantage of the new lighting and rendering. Darksiders II has a lot of DLC in the form of weapons, armor and unique locations. These pieces of DLC which felt separate from the main campaign have now been integrated into the game and rebalanced accordingly. Lastly, we’ve addressed much of the feedback we received after the game’s release in regards to balance and bugs. With all these changes, this is truly the ‘Definitive Edition’ of Darksiders II.”
Even with all these updates, don’t expect the Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition to break the bank. Nordic Games has confirmed the remake will be priced at $29.99 on both platforms.
Nordic Games has announced (via Twitter) that the PS4 launch of the Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition is fast approaching. According to the publisher, the end of days will officially begin on Sony’s system on October 6:
— Darksiders (@darksiders) September 11, 2015
Unfortunately for Xbox One owners, Nordic Games is currently unable to nail down a final release date for Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition on Microsoft’s new-generation console. Business & Product Development Director Reinhard Pollice confirmed (also via Twitter) that “they’re working on it” and that an announcement would be made soon.
Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition is in development at Gunfire Games, one of the studios founded in the wake of Vigil’s closure. If you remember, Vigil Games created both Darksiders games for THQ before the publisher declared bankruptcy. While the developer is well-versed in how the game originally looked, they do plan to offer some improvements as part of the Deathinitive Edition. The PS4/Xbox One version of the game will include all of the previously-released downloadable content, as well as tuned game balancing and reworked loot distribution. Naturally for any remaster, the Deathinitive Edition will also feature an improved graphical engine for better lighting and shadows with visuals rendered in 1080p resolution.
But while announcing their new project, Nordic couldn’t stop themselves from teasing Darksiders III one more time. Reinhard Pollice, the company’s Business & Product Development Director, said: “We took over the franchise roughly two 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.”
Obviously, any official announcement regarding Darksiders III is still a very long way in the future.
Back in February, Amazon posted a listing for a Darksiders II: Definitive Edition on the PS4. Rather than deny, deny, deny, the publisher confirmed that a current-generation remaster of the cult favorite was indeed in the works.
Today, Amazon has reposted their Darksiders II: Definitive Edition listing with the game’s proper title… Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition. Yeah, that sounds about right.
The listing has a placeholder price ($39.99) and release date (December 31, 2015) for the game, but both of those will likely change between now and the real release date. However, the cover, and the “Deathinitive Edition” subtitle, are surely here to stay. As of right now, Amazon is only offering the game for sale on the PS4 (just like in February) and there’s no word yet if it’ll also be released for the Xbox One.
Nordic Games originally purchased the rights to the Darksiders franchise from THQ in 2013. They’ve since re-released Darksiders II and its predecessor on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 as part of the Darksiders Collection and announced plans to develop new games in the series last year. However, aside from saying they’re “committed” to the franchise, all discussion of Darksiders III has gone silent for the time being.
A listing for a PS4 re-release of Darksiders II (as Darksiders II: Definitive Edition) appeared on Amazon over the weekend before it was pulled down a few hours later. Game Informer decided to go straight to the source and contacted publisher Nordic Games to inquire about the status of this previously unannounced game. Rather than rattle off the industry standard reply (“No comment”), Nordic Games announced that Darksiders II: Definitive Edition is definitely in development for the PS4 (and probably the Xbox One as well, though that remains unconfirmed) in a rather humorous way.
“Thanks a lot for touching base with us here at NG,” the company responded. “Whilst the authenticity of said listing is unquestionable, I am afraid I cannot comment on further details other than in the poetic words of Marshawn Lynch.”
Marshawn Lynch famously used his time at the Super Bowl XLIX Media Day to reply “I’m just here so I won’t get fined” and “You know why I’m here” to every question he was asked. By referencing the Seahawks running back, Nordic was cheekily saying that they’re not going to reveal any other details about Darksiders II: Definitive Edition for the time being.