Darksiders II pushed back to August

The team at Vigil is looking to give the title some added polish

THQ, which is struggling to become profitable again and just trimmed its loss expectations, has announced that one of its AAA projects is going to need some extra time before it's shipped. Darksiders II, originally expected by the end of June, will now be released in August.

THQ's Danny Bilson has previously said that his company would not ship the important sequel until it's ready, and the team at Vigil stressed in an FAQ on the official Darksiders website that the delay truly is just to add polish.

"It's just a short delay, but we promise the game you'll have in August will be well worth the wait! This is great news for the team at Vigil, because it allows additional time for polish and to ensure that all aspects of Darksiders II meet the high-quality bar the team is targeting. In game development, more time is always a good thing for quality and the Vigil team is dedicated to providing the definitive Darksiders experience," the developer wrote.

Vigil also mentioned that the recent layoffs at the company had no impact on the game's development and the game's delay also had nothing to do with the Wii U's launch coming later in the year.

Vigil added, "Darksiders II is substantially larger game than its predecessor and the ambition of this project requires extra time to polish to the high standards that Vigil Games and THQ are committed to."

Given THQ's financial situation and the publisher's more streamlined approach and focus on fewer, higher quality core titles, Darksiders II will be a very important release this August.

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
A delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is bad forever.

Granted this was stated before the days of patches so it's nice to see Vigil preferring to polish it now rather than release a day 1 patch to fix things.
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James Brightman Editor in Chief, GamesIndustry.biz4 years ago
@ Jim, agreed. Glad THQ is being extra careful with this. They very badly need it to do well, and maybe releasing in August when the only other major thing going on in the US is Madden isn't such a bad idea. Could fill a relatively empty AAA slate during the summer.
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Dan Howdle Head of Content, Existent4 years ago
I've played Darksiders II and it's already great. I just hope THQ can get that message out to enough gamers for the title to do as well as it deserves to.
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 4 years ago
Looking forward to this - I only got around to playing Darksiders earlier this year and I thought it was excellent. Glad to see THQ are taking the time to make sure Darksiders II is the best it can be, although I think some of that must be the realisation that they need to deliver a high-quality product and they wouldn't get away with releasing a buggy or unpolished game like some developers or publishers might.

Hopefully it will hit this August release date and help fill this traditionally slow month - I fear if it's delayed again into September it will be lost in the pre-Christmas rush with all the heavy-hitters and their tens-of-millions advertising budgets.
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game4 years ago
I really liked the first game, and loved the world it was set in, I can't wait to get my hands on it.
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Matt Armstrong Design Director, Electronic Arts4 years ago
"A delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is bad forever.

I would rewrite that quote to say "A delayed game is potentially good" as opposed to "eventually good".

c.f. Duke Nukem Forever
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 4 years ago
I am PERFECTLY fine with this as long as it means a better game. I loved the first one. People compare to Zelda and God of war, but I dont care, they are basically comparing it to two of the best games in the entire history of gaming. So YES, I want Darksiders2.
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