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Digital FoundryFace-Off: Darksiders 2 on Wii U

Wii U fails to best the competition in another Digital Foundry multi-platform comparison.

Digital FoundryFace-Off: Darksiders 2

Armageddon which version again?

Digital FoundryDarksiders 2: DFPC 768p vs. 1080p at Max Settings Video

On our £300 dual core/Radeon HD 6770 gaming PC, Darksiders 2 ran very well indeed at 768p but suffered at full HD.

Digital FoundryDarksiders 2 Gameplay Performance Video

Not much at all to separate the two console platforms across the run of play.

Key events

23rd August 2012

Face-Off: Darksiders 2

14th August 2012

Darksiders 2 Review

24th January 2012

Darksiders 2 trailer

12th December 2011

Darksiders 2 teaser trailer

FeatureDanny Bilson: inside the rise and fall of THQ

The outspoken former chief of Saints Row, Homefront and Darksiders finally breaks his silence.

The week before Danny Bilson left THQ in May 2012, he still had hope. He had a plan: Darksiders 2 from Vigil. Metro: Last Light from 4AGames. Company of Heroes 2 from Relic Entertainment. Enter the Dominatrix, the standalone expansion for Saints Row the Third, from Volition. South Park: The Stick of Truth, in production at Obsidian Entertainment. Homefront 2 at Crytek UK. And then there was the unannounced stuff: the next-gen game from Turtle Rock we now know is called Evolve. Patrice Désilets' 1666 at THQ Montreal. The portfolio is long and impressive.

Darksiders and Red Faction sold to Nordic Games

Gearbox paid $1.35 million for Homeworld, 505 acquired Drawn to Life.

The second THQ auction has concluded with surprising results. We found out earlier today that Gearbox acquired the rights to Homeworld, but that's not the only jaw-dropping revelation. Vigil's beloved armageddon themed action/adventure series Darksiders was sold to Nordic Games, publisher of Alan Wake on PC, The Book of Unwritten Tales, and the later Painkiller titles.

Crytek confirms it will bid on Darksiders IP at auction

Crytek confirms it will bid on Darksiders IP at auction

Many ex-Vigil veterans now work there.

Crytek has confirmed it will make a bid for the Darksiders IP when it comes up at auction on 1st April.

Many former Vigil employees are housed at Crytek USA now. Vigil, remember, was the studio that created Darksiders.

Tweeted Crytek USA boss David Adams: "Going to bid on Darksiders IP. Put 7 years of heart and soul into that franchise, and I think it belongs at home with its creators."

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36 recently laid off Vigil staff now at Crytek

UPDATE: Crytek's new Austin Studio isn't buying the Darksiders IP. Will focus on online games and triple A titles.

Update: Crytek CEO, Cevat Yerli confirmed in a Gamasutra interview that Crytek is not intending to purchase the Darksiders IP.

THQ is no more. This is where its assets went

UPDATE: Platinum Games is interested in Darksiders.

Update #4: Does IP changing hands equal upheaval? Does upheaval equal game delay? Obsidian's South Park: Stick of Truth was due in March. Is it still? "It's too soon to say," Ubisoft told me this afternoon. "We'll have more details to share about plans for specific games soon."

Face-Off: Darksiders 2 on Wii U

Digital FoundryFace-Off: Darksiders 2 on Wii U

Wii U fails to best the competition in another Digital Foundry multi-platform comparison.

In terms of platform parity, we came away reasonably satisfied with Vigil Games's work on the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Darksiders 2, although we felt that console gamers were let down by heavy tearing, while PC gamers had to suffer a lack of customisable graphics settings. The latter was a basic port, combining the best features of the 360 and PS3 versions with the ability to run at higher resolutions and frame-rates: by default the best experience, but a little disappointing in the DirectX 11 era.

With the new Wii U version, Vigil Games stated that Darksiders 2 would take full advantage of Nintendo's system from a gameplay point of view while matching the graphical accomplishments of the PS3 and 360 versions. Associate producer Jay Fitzloff told Eurogamer back in May that the Wii U has "plenty of horsepower... so we're not going to have to make any visual concessions at all". Instead much of the development time would be spent finding innovative ways to use the Wii U's GamePad to enhance the core experience.

So the question is whether Vigil Games has succeeded in achieving that goal of parity, or whether we're looking at another disappointing multi-platform Wii U release that sees brand new 2012 technology failing to match the graphical accomplishments of the vintage 2005/2006 current-gen stalwarts.

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Darksiders 2's Abyssal Forge DLC due next week

Darksiders 2's Abyssal Forge DLC due next week

Darksiders 2's second DLC pack, the Abyssal Forge, is coming to Xbox Live and PC on 30th October, while the PSN version hits the following day in Europe. It will cost 800 MS Points / £6.80 / $9.99.

FeatureWii U: How are the ports shaping up?

Donlan checks out the first wave of multi-platform releases, including Mass Effect 3 and Assassin's Creed 3.

Console transitions can be awkward affairs at the very best of times. They're even weirder when the platform release dates don't overlap very cleanly - and when one of the machines comes with an inventive set of features.

Darksiders 2 Review

Darksiders 2 Review

Scythe matters.

The world has ended and the sky has fallen, and yet Darksiders 2 is a pretty comforting sort of game when you really get down to things. Its fantastical over-worlds are filled with lovely, craggy vistas and fancy lootable treasure chests, while its teetering dungeons are home to crunchy combat, giant bosses and pleasantly straightforward puzzling. This is an unashamedly old-school action adventure, vast and friendly and familiar, and loading it up feels like sliding into a warm bath - albeit a warm bath filled with blood, offal and funny little imps that probably want to bite your ears off.

That's not to say that nothing has changed, of course. While the first Darksiders cast you as War - everyone's favourite horseman of the apocalypse and the guy who got the blame for triggering the end of days a touch too early - this time you'll be playing Death, sent out on a parallel mission to his brother as he tries to clear the whole dang mess up again.

Compared to War's wonderfully bulky presence, Death isn't quite as much fun to look at - he's lean and pale and he resembles the lord of the jungle after a night spent locked in a deep freeze. He has his own tricks to master, though, and he brings his own wry spirit to proceedings as his adventure takes him to distant Forge Lands, floating realms both heavenly and diabolical and even a few more familiar spots before the journey's finally completed.

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Darksiders 2 trailer uncovers in-game footage

Bone up on your Darksiders 2 knowledge with a new trailer for the game, freshly unleashed by publisher THQ.

The footage is described as "all-gameplay", and is certainly all in-engine. It includes beautiful angels, ugly demons and a cool looking horse.

There's a few glimpses at combat, in which Death unsurprisingly excels, as he/it takes down winged beasties and mean-looking skeletons.

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When I sat down to chat with Danny Bilson during THQ's pre-E3 showcase event in North London earlier this month, I had no idea that, just over a week later, he would no longer be with the publisher. Hindsight is a beautiful thing, but I'm convinced there was something about the way he introduced presentations on Company of Heroes 2, Metro: Last Light and Darksiders 2 to European press that morning that was, for want of a better term, off.

FeatureDarksiders 2: Death Becomes You

Half an hour with Vigil's new leading man.

Remember the first half-hour of Darksiders? It largely involved hitting things. That's the kind of guy War was, after all: a hulking brute with massive hands and a gigantic sword. When the apocalypse was triggered a touch too early for his liking, he took to the streets - New York, I think - and started smacking around avenging angels, all of whom looked a bit like Transformers. He looked a bit like a Transformer too: squat, thick-limbed, and covered in complicated armour.

Darksiders 2 release date delayed by THQ

Darksiders 2 release date delayed by THQ

"This is great news for the team at Vigil."

The global Darksiders 2 release date has been delayed to August, allowing "additional time for polish and bug fixing", publisher THQ has announced.

Vigil Games' hack-and-slash sequel had been scheduled for a UK launch on 29th June.

THQ announced the delay on the official Darksiders 2 forums, following weeks of speculation that the date may slip.

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THQ quiet on possible Darksiders 2 release date delay

THQ quiet on possible Darksiders 2 release date delay

"We're not going to ship it before it's done."

THQ is unable to confirm that Darksiders 2 will launch on its already announced release date.

In February THQ announced a 29th June release date for the game on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is intended to be a Wii U launch title, too.

But a possible delay was mooted after THQ's game boss Danny Bilson was unable to confirm its current release date when pressed by Ripten.

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Darksiders 2 is a Wii U launch title, developer claims

Darksiders 2 is a Wii U launch title, developer claims

Vigil promises unique features for Nintendo version.

Forthcoming THQ sequel Darksiders 2 is a Wii U launch title, developer Vigil has revealed.

Speaking in an interview with DigitalSpy, lead designer Hayden Dalton announced the game will be available on Wii U from "day one".

What's more, it'll boast a number of features unique to Nintendo's new home console.

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Darksiders 2 release date announced

Darksiders 2 release date announced

Pre-order bonuses revealed. New trailer released.

Darksiders 2 launches on 29th June for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, THQ has announced.

Pre-order from GAME, Gamestation and Gamestop in Ireland and you'll get the Death Rides pack. This includes side-quests in the Maker's Realm and Dead Plains areas. Here, you can earn additional experience and loot. You get to aid an ancient Construct, battle The Bloodless and retrieve Karn's lost treasure. THQ said today the content amounts to around two hours of gameplay.

Pre-order with Amazon.co.uk and you get the Deadly Despair pack. This gives you a speed boost for Despair that acts as a permanent perk.

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THQ to announce 170 layoffs today - report

THQ to announce 170 layoffs today - report

What will the game collateral be?

A troubled THQ will imminently announce 170 layoffs, according to a new report.

Independent industry suit Kevin Dent claimed to have been sitting on the news "for a week or so". His Twitter conversation with THQ's vice president of technology Mark DeLoura suggests this is for real.

"This is probably going to break in the morning, I have sat on it for a week or so. The culling at THQ was 170+ souls including Mark DeLoura," broadcast Kevin Dent, directing the message at DeLoura.

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Darksiders prequel novel announced

Darksiders prequel novel announced

The Abomination Vault paves the way for Darksiders 2.

The Darksiders series is to get a scene-setting novel tie-in, THQ has announced.

Written by fantasy veteran Ari Marmell and published by Random House's Del Rey imprint, Darksiders: The Abomination Vault is set thousands of years before the events of the first game in the franchise.

The book follows twin Horsemen Death and War as they attempt to scupper a mysterious plot to resurrect powerful ancient weapons and trigger a devastating conflict.

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Darksiders 2 Preview: Looting the Classics

FeatureDarksiders 2 Preview: Looting the Classics

Vigil digs deep for its Diablo-inspired sequel.

"Choose Your Own Death" is one of the strangest video game pitches that's been flung our way in a while. Choose Your Own Death. Okay, so I've thought about it, and I'd like to go with rollerskates, a wonky stepladder, a plate glass window, and the glinting tines of an upended garden fork, please. At my funeral, I want them to play the theme from Shaft, and everybody has to dress like they work at Burger King.

It all makes a bit more sense, though, when you discover that Death is the new protagonist for Darksiders 2. He's taking over from his brother War in a sequel that fits neatly inside the timeline of the original. Think of it as Back to the Future 2, but with a rock-fisted demon in place of Thomas F. Wilson. War has been accused of kicking off the Apocalypse early, and he's out to clear his name: that's Darksiders. Meanwhile, Death thinks War is his kind of people, so, as another of the famous four horsemen, he sets off on his own parallel adventure to see if he can help his brother out. That's Darksiders 2.

As for the element of choice, this comes from a slight change of emphasis. In Darksiders 2, you'll be able to shape Death a little as the game progresses, selecting which armour you want him to wear as you pick paths through his skill trees, while juggling his load out of weapons and magic attacks. It's a mix-and-match approach that mirrors that of the developer, Vigil Games, which built the original Darksiders, in part, from its favourite pieces of the Zelda and God of War series, taking the dungeons-and-gadgets structure of the former, and the pointy melee combat of the latter. For Darksiders 2, all of that stuff remains in place, but the team is throwing in some new inspirations as well.

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THQ denies cancelling 2014 line-up of games

THQ denies cancelling 2014 line-up of games

But Warhammer 40K MMO future less certain.

THQ has denied cancelling its 2014 line-up of games - but the future of ambitious Warhammer 40,000 MMO Dark Millennium Online is less certain.

The publisher responded to a gloomy rumour spread on Twitter by video game executive Kevin Dent. He heard that the Warhammer 40,000 MMO and the THQ 2014 line-up had been cancelled. Dent had also heard THQ was "offering" itself for sale to Asian companies.

THQ's response, via a statement offered to VG247, read: "THQ has not cancelled its 2014 line-up, and has not made any decisions regarding the planned MMO.

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Wii U has "plenty of horsepower" - dev

Early controller "like a giant Game Boy".

Wii U launch title Darksiders II will probably look exactly like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions irrespective of the Nintendo console's horsepower, developer Vigil has said.

FeatureDarksiders 2

Mos Death.

There's a surreal edge to Darksiders 2, only part of which is down to the story and setting. The words of the Vigil developer demoing the game to us disappear into our consciousness like coins sent clattering down a well.

THQ has Darksiders II running on Wii U

"Absolutely" looks as good as PS3, 360.

The third-party game footage shown during Nintendo's E3 press conference this week to demonstrate Wii U was taken from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 code – but at least one game is already up and running on the new console.

Darksiders II confirmed for Wii U

Darksiders II confirmed for Wii U

It's due to arrive next year.

THQ has confirmed that the next instalment in the Darksiders series will get a release for the Wii U.

This doesn't come as a big surprise as the game popped up in Nintendo's E3 conference earlier today.

But now THQ has issued a proper press release, stating that the Wii U version of Darksiders II will be out "in calendar 2012".

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First Darksiders 2 details confirmed

First Darksiders 2 details confirmed

Death to jump in the saddle.

Death takes over from War as the lead character in the forthcoming Darksiders 2, publisher THQ has announced.

The sequel's story will run parallel with that of the acclaimed 2010 adventure, and sees Death embark on a quest to redeem his brother – the aforementioned War – and save mankind.

According to THQ's announcement, on his way he'll discover that an ancient grudge may represent an even greater threat to the future of the human race.

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New lead character for Darksiders 2

Plays out at the same time as original.

Beefy apocalyptic equestrian War will not be returning for Darksiders 2, at least not as the primary character, publisher THQ has confirmed.

No Darksiders 2 until 2013?

Sequel is happening but you'll have to wait.

Good news for Darksiders fans: publisher THQ has confirmed a sequel is in development. Bad news for Darksiders fans: it wont be out until 2012 at the earliest.