Following a listing on retailer Amazon’s site, Nordic Games has announced that a remastered edition of Darksiders 2 will be coming to next gen consoles.
Darksiders 2 was one of the last games released by the now-bankrupt publisher THQ prior to their complete liquidation of assets in 2013. Among the titles purchased from THQ by Nordic games (publisher of Alan Wake on PC, Painkiller: Hell and Damnation, and more) are Darksiders, Red Faction, and Destroy all Humans! Nordic Games paid $4.9 million in total software expenditures.
Darksiders 2 released in August, 2014 to favorable reviews but received poor sales, performing well below THQ’s expectations. This wouldn’t be the first time an “underachiever” gets a next gen re-release under the moniker of “Definitive Edition” — Tomb Raider 2013 and Sleeping Dogs both found their way onto PS4 and Xbox One after failing to meet similar expectations by publisher Square Enix.
Author’s Note: The trend of re-releases and remasters is sure to draw the ire of gamers who want new experiences and new IP. Why, just last month we saw Saints Row IV: Re-Elected hit store shelves – in that same week we also learned that Borderlands: The Handsome Collection would be coming to this generation as well. I find the trend disappointing only as far as we are being asked to pay a premium price for games that receive only marginal graphical improvements. On the other hand, if new buyers can help to fund future projects or sequels – as in the case of Darksiders, where a third game was not at all assured – then I think the trend is beneficial for us gamers in that sense.
No release date has yet been given for Darksiders 2: Definitive Edition. No word, also, on whether it will be coming to Xbox One in the future.