In a surprise move by THQ Nordic and Gunfire Games, the respective publisher and developer, Darksiders III has been officially announced.
Slated to release in 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, Darksiders III will “return to an apocalyptic Earth… where players will take on the role of Fury in her quest to hunt down and dispose of the Seven Deadly Sins.” Like previous entries of the series, Darksiders III will utilize hack-and-slash mechanics in unison with action-adventure elements. Five screenshots accompanied an earlier leak on Amazon.
To supplement the game’s official announcement, THQ Nordic released the game’s reveal trailer via IGN. The trailer shows Fury accepting and embarking upon a quest given to her by an ominous, demonic voice. As a mage, Fury will use her magical whip of destiny to lash and slay her enemies. Watch the full reveal trailer below:
The news of Darksiders III is refreshing considering the only hope to which fans of the series had to cling was the remastered versions of Darksiders and Darksiders II. The remastered versions, dubbed Warmastered Edition and Deathinitive Edition respectively, were released for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Versions for the Wii U are being developed, but no release date has been announced.
The Darksiders series is an action-adventure franchise based around the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Taking much of its influence from the Book of Revelation, the series debuted in 2010, with the first sequel released in 2012. When THQ and Vigil Games filed for bankruptcy, the future of the series became unclear. However, a producer of Nordic Games—THQ Nordic as of 2016—Reinhard Pollice stated, “One thing is for sure: The tale of the Four Horsemen is not over,” resurrecting hope for the franchise’s future.
Gunfire Games is a video game developer founded by David L. Adams, a video game designer who also founded Vigil Games. Vigil Games was the original developer of Darksiders and Darksiders II before the company filed for bankruptcy and disbanded in 2013. After Vigil Games became defunct, Adams founded Gunfire Games and contacted THQ Nordic, the company that acquired the Darksiders franchise after Vigil Games’s bankruptcy, and requested the IP to continue working on the franchise. The company consists of Adams and the core team from Vigil Games.