You ever have that one friend who would blurt out the punch line for the joke you were trying to tell? Well, Amazon just became “that guy” to THQ Nordic today, when they posted their listing for Darksiders 3, before THQ had the chance to reveal their own upcoming title, though people suspected that the announcement was coming this week. Oh, but this wasn’t just a little placeholder leak either, they’re talking about some game details, the general plot, concept, and game art. So rather than just stealing THQ’s thunder, it’s more like they read their secret dream and poetry diary to everyone. Not that I would know what one of those would be, that’s just purely an analogy, eh-heh-heh…
Anyway, what we can tell so far is that the game is going to focus on a new protagonist; Fury, the heavily-armored, whip-wielding mage. Apparently, her magical abilities unleashes different forms, which will open up new weapons, moves, and ways to get around the map. So, getting different weapon forms and fighting styles with them seems pretty par for the course as the Darksiders series goes. What’s really new and exciting is the bit about the travel forms, as the description promises players will be able to “explore an open-ended, living, free-form game world…” which is something the game has been missing. While the earlier titles were open-world-ish, the levels were still fairly linear. Actually, making a point of this feature along with Darksiders “expansive post-apocalyptic environments that take the player from the heights of heaven to the depths of hell, dilapidated by war and decay and overrun by nature” could indicate that they’re going more of an Elder Scrolls route with this one.
However, something that’s nagging me is Fury being called one of the four-horsemen. Aside from War only mentioning having brothers in the earlier titles, it’s kind of strange that a series so heavily influenced by Revelations (my personal favorite section of the book) is taking a step away from the source mythos. Granted, the studio could have taken a different interpretation, but traditionally the equestrian quartet included: War, Death Famine and Pestilence (chapter 6, lines 1-8). Having a new horseman appear is a bit out of left field. Though, if they wanted a female protagonist for this title, only having famine or pestilence to choose from would be a PR nightmare. Associating the series’ first female protagonist with either anorexia or VD is a can of worms anyone would be smart to avoid. It is kind of a shame though, considering that The Big Bads in this game are going to be the Seven Deadly Sins, it would be fun to see how a fight between famine and gluttony would pan out.
According to Amazon, Darksiders 3 is slated for a 2018 release, and so far is offered on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.