2K games has formally announced aquiring the rights to publish The Darkness, Starbreeze’s anticipated follow-up project after The Chronicles of Riddick. The Darkness had originally been slated for release this Winter by Majesco until they dropped it in the midst of a business strategy realignment.
The wait for a new publisher has been several months now and unfortunately we’re going to have to wait even longer to see it on store shelves for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 sometime this upcoming Winter. Look for an exclusive preview in the April issue of the Official Playstation Magazine.
About The Darkness: Players assume the role of mafia hitman Jackie Estacado. On the night of his 21st birthday, Jackie is possessed by “The Darkness,” an ancient demonic entity that gives Jackie spectacular powers. The story, written by Eisner Award winner Paul Jenkins, follows Jackie and his fight with the fictional Francetti mafia. As the story unfolds, the player will learn to utilize traditional weapons and the extraordinary powers of The Darkness.
The best-selling comic book series The Darkness launched in 1996 and is currently published in 19 different languages around the world. Union Entertainment, a feature film and video game production company is overseeing the video game adaptation of the franchise. A feature film based on the franchise, produced by Platinum Studios and Dimension Films, is in pre-production for projected release in 2007.