During the International Game Developers Association conference in San Francisco last week, THQ VP of Core Games Danny Bilson provided new details surrounding Darksiders 2
, the sequel to THQ's surprise hit, Darksiders
It's a different character and takes place simultaneously to the first game's story, because there's only one apocalypse, and has new mechanics and features that differentiate it a lot and grow it from the first game. You have to build on the first one; you can't repeat it and I think that's very important in franchise building.
Bilson also went on to mention that the expectations for Darksiders 2
is that the game will be 25% longer than the original Darksiders
When we come out with a better, more exciting game we've got those people to market it for us, buy it themselves the second time around, and I believe we can grow the audience that way.
THQ's expectations for Darksiders 2
are to grow on the consumer base that made Darksiders
such a hit. Darksiders
sold roughly 1.3 million copies and THQ expects to grow that market with Darksiders 2. Darksiders 2
is scheduled to ship early 2012. For now, the demons get to keep their blood.