The Darkness II Confirmed For Autumn
After months of (correct) rumours and speculation, 2K and Digital Extremes have announced that The Darkness II is indeed in development and is dated for an Autumn 2011 release window. The original game was one of the most interesting and sadly underrated shooters of this generation, and we're delighted to see that it's making a long-overdue return.
2K President Christoph Hartmann has the following spiely speil for your cynical delectation:
The Darkness II is a well of dark and imaginative violence, and it’s a stylized and beautiful nightmare.
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.
As well as stylish noir ultraviolence, The Darkness II will deliver Quad-Wielding FPS mechanics that allow two weapons to be simultaneously fired along with slashing and throwing objects from Jackie's horrific demon appendages. Consider this one to watch- and we'll bring you the latest as we hear it.
Naughty Dog Is "A One Game Studio;" Won't Make Uncharted NGP
Uncharted is one of the most impressive NGP launch titles on the radar thus far, but award-winning developers Naughty Dog have confirmed that they won't be in charge of the transition to Sony's impressive handheld. Rather, they'll be concentrating on making Uncharted 3 as polished as possible.
We’re a one game studio so [splitting development] would be very challenging for us.
I know a long time ago we had looked at trying to do that as well, but it’s really about what makes sense for the universe and for the franchise as well. - Naughty Dog community boss Arne Meyer to EGTV
Meyer continued to state that Naughty Dog are more than happy to pass the reins over to Sony Bend, who have been tasked with adapting the franchise to the exciting new device. As a veteran PSP outfit, they're more than up to the challenge.
Sony Bend’s a great studio, we have a great relationship with them, so it’s really exciting to see a new platform and see what they can do with it given all of the new control options they’ve got as well.
We've got the best part of a year to wait- so trust us to keep an eye on things. [EGTV]
Nintendo Confirm 3DS UK Launch Titles
We've been keeping you up to date with the latest Japanese news on the hotly-anticipated Nintendo 3DS, and Ninty has finally confirmed the UK launch lineup that we can expect when their handheld hits our green and pleasant land on March 25th. No big surprises here, but for the sake of completeness, here's the full rundown.
- Pilotwings Resort
- Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever & New Friends
- Nintendogs + Cats: French Bulldog & New Friends
- Nintendogs + Cats: Toy Poodle & New Friends
- Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
- The Sims 3
- PES 2011 3D – Pro Evolution Soccer
- LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
- Ridge Racer 3D
- Super Monkey Ball 3D
- Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
- Asphalt 3D
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D
- Rayman 3D
Personally, we're mainly excited about SSFIV... but with no big first party franchises on the list, many gamers may well opt to wait for a couple of months.
With the March street date looming ever closer, it's time to ask the big question: will you be buying a 3DS? Or will you be holding out for the NGP or more first party Nintendo titles? Have your say in the comments!
For the record, you can see my answer to the question here.
More BF3 Details Emerge: 24-Player Console Multiplayer
Leaked details from Game Informer's latest cover story has outed a few more choice tidbits about EA's recently-unveiled Battlefield 3. Apparently the shooter will feature an all-new singleplayer campaign that's unrelated to the Bad Company storyline and canon, along with cooperative modes and four multiplayer classes. The big news is that the console versions will 'only' support 24 player multiplayer action as opposed to 64 on the PC, which is said to be the Battlefield 3's "lead platform." More at GAF.