Monday, July 9, 2018

Darksiders 3 launches November 27, 2018.


Enjoy this, the first new trailer from Darksiders 3 in like a year, which features no sound effects, no dialogue, no story bits, no cutscenes - but it has some very nice-looking action, and reveals the hero's "flame form"...



...but you'll have to suffer through IGN's bloody video player, 'cause they got the exclusive.  The IGN video player contains potassium benzoate.  That's bad.

There are also some special editions you can check out.


Darksiders III Collector’s Edition (USD/EUR 149.99, GBP 129.99)
• Premium Box
• Fury Figurine about 29cm - 11" high
• Original Steelbook
• Artbook
• Soundtrack
• Darksiders III Game
• Exclusive Armor DLC; completely original skin replacing Fury’s base armor set (purely aesthetic, no gameplay impact)
..and...


Darksiders III Apocalypse Edition (USD/EUR 399.99, GBP 349.99)
• Premium Box ~117cm - 46"
• Wall Scroll - Fabric print with hanger 77 x 100 - 30" x 40"
• 4 Figurines: Fury (~29cm 11” high), Vulgrim, War, Death (each about 25cm 10"high)
• Heavy weight amulet 5cm - 2" with necklace
• Original Steelbook
• Artbook
• Soundtrack
• Darksiders III Game
• Exclusive Armor DLC; completely original skin replacing Fury’s base armor set (purely aesthetic, no gameplay impact)
You read that right.  Four hundred dollars for four figurines of the quality you've come to expect from video game special editions, and wall scroll and a necklace.  Thanks but no thanks.


I find this, to be honest, a bit worrying for myriad reasons.  First of all, we've never seen anything from this game that actually shows it to be as polished as the first two games - which weren't triple-A by a wide margin to begin with.  Second, the lack of sound effects and dialogue in the trailer hammers home the feeling that this thing isn't quite finished, yet.

Finally, there's the release date - mere weeks after the launch of sure-to-be-a-megahit-beyond-imagining, Read Dead Redemption 2.

Why would you launch your action-adventure game anywhere near RDR2?  When you've never released a real trailer for it?

There's one reason I can think of : this studio has burned through its money, and it needs to get a game on shelves to keep the business afloat.  This... is scary in every direction, for me.

Because I love Darksiders, for the record.  I loved the first Darksiders, I loved the second Darksiders, and unless reviewers uniformly tell me that this is a piece of shit, I'll want to love Darksiders III, too.

Keep hope alive.

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