brings a new perspective to the near decade-old hack and slash series, as it moves from a third-person action-adventure to a top-down, Diablo-style action-RPG.Ahead of the spinoff’s release later this year, we set out to discover what else is new in Genesis. Below is a compilation of everything we know so far, from details on its story and gameplay to its super limited Nephilim Edition.
Darksiders Genesis Release Date and Platforms
Darksiders Genesis will be released toward the end of 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Google Stadia. Publisher THQ Nordic has yet to announce a specific date.
Darksiders Genesis Story
Darksiders Genesis stars two Horseman of the Apocalypse: War and Strife. Series veterans will remember War as the playable character in the first Darksiders; the gun-wielding Strife is playable for the first time and is described as self-interested, decisive, and quick-tempered.
The story takes place before the events of Darksiders 1. The demon king, Lucifer, has “been plotting to upset the Balance by granting power to master demons throughout Hell,” and the two Horsemen have been tasked with stopping them. Players will “fight their way through a tangled, demonic conspiracy that threatens to forever upset the Balance and unravel all of creation,” according to THQ.
Joe Madureira, CEO of developer Airship Syndicate, told VentureBeat the team is “shooting for” a roughly 15-hour campaign.
Darksiders Genesis Gameplay
The most notable change to Genesis is the aforementioned top-down perspective, though the structure of gameplay itself remains largely familiar: Genesis will feature “intense combat, exploration, puzzle-solving, epic boss battles and serpent holes from heaven to hell.”
Genesis also introduces two-player co-op, with each player controlling one of the two Horsemen. Those playing solo will be able to switch between the two on the fly, allowing players to strategically alternate between War’s melee and Strife’s ranged attacks.
As noted in IGN’s Darksiders Genesis preview, “Both characters can build up a special attack meter that, when activated, temporarily turns them into the same giant fire monster capable of wreaking significant havoc.”
Darksiders Genesis Developer
Darksiders Genesis is being developed by Airship Syndicate, a 40-person studio based in Texas. It’s led by Madureira and Ryan Stefanelli, two co-founders of original Darksiders studio Vigil Games, according to THQ.
The studio’s debut game, Battle Chasers: Nightwar, was released in 2017. It earned an 8.0 in IGN’s Battle Chasers: Nightwar review, which called it “a skillfully modernized rendition of retro JRPG goodness.”
Darksiders Genesis Nephilim Edition
The Darksiders Genesis Nephilim Edition is available in limited quantities (only 5,000 are being made). It retails for $380 USD and includes the game, Darksiders: The Forbidden Land Board Game, nine-inch tall Strife figurine, artbook, official soundtrack, steelbook, and stickers.
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Darksiders Genesis Collector’s Edition and Preorders
THQ also announced a more affordable collector’s edition of Darksiders Genesis. For $120, it includes everything from the Nephilim Edition except the board game. It’s currently available on Amazon:
The base game costs $40 USD. You can find additional information and purchase links through our Darksiders Genesis preorder guide.Jordan is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter @jdsirani.