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The Darkness 2 announced by 2K Games

Sequel confirmed by publisher for autumn release

The Darkness 2 will be released on Xbox 360, PC and PS3 in the autumn, 2K Games has announced.

A sequel to the 2007 shooter has been rumoured for years, but as previously rumoured the follow-up will be developed by Digital Extremes and not original developer Starbreeze.

Players retake the role of Jackie Estacado on what 2K terms a "brutal and personal path". Jackie again wields the destructive power of The Darkness.

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2K promises that The Darkness II "breaks out of the sea of conventional first-person shooters with its fervid Quad-Wielding gameplay". This allows players to slash, grab, and throw objects and enemies with their Demon Arms while simultaneously firing two weapons. Again, just like the four-year-old original.

2K says that the game will be "layered with the use of dark versus light, steeped in deep and twisted storytelling, and engulfed in stylistic violence that is visualized through a hand-painted graphic noir technique that stays true to its comic book origins".

Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K commented: "The Darkness II is a well of dark and imaginative violence, and it's a stylized and beautiful nightmare. It 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."

Will it be any good without Starbreeze though? Kick off the debate in the comments below...

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