2K Games To Publish The Darkness, A Console Game Based On Renowned Comic Book Franchise
The Darkness Videogame to Feature First-person Action in Gritty,Urban New York Environments and Dark Otherworld
2K Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that it will publish and distribute The Darkness, a premier videogame based on the popular comic book franchise. The Darkness is currently in development for next generation console systems and will be released on 29th June.
Under development by renowned Swedish developer Starbreeze Studios, The Darkness is based on the best-selling comic book series from Top Cow Productions and utilises an internally developed next-generation game engine. The Darkness will feature a distinct blend of dark modern crime drama and supernatural horror with intense first-person non-linear gameplay.
“The Darkness videogame is a dynamic first-person shooter that will allow players to call upon the forces of the evil underworld as they fight in gritty, urban environments armed with an arsenal of guns, demonic creatures and supernatural powers.” said Christoph Hartmann, Managing Director of 2K Games. “The dark and dynamic comic book storyline that fans love will translate well into first-person action.”
In the game, players assume the role of mafia hitman Jackie Estacado. On the night of his 21st birthday, Jackie is possessed by ‘The Darkness’, an ancient demonic entity that gives Jackie spectacular powers. The story revolves around Jackie and his fight over the future of the Francetti mafia family and Jackie’s search for light and love in a dark and violent world. As Jackie’s story unfolds, the player must learn not only to battle with weapons, but also to utilise Jackie’s extraordinary Darkness powers.
On his 21st birthday, the awesome and terrible powers of the Darkness awaken within Jackie Estacado, a mafia hitman for the Franchetti crime family. Jackie must learn to fully command the Darkness so he can take back control of the Franchetti family.
The best-selling comic book series The Darkness launched in 1996 and is currently published in 19 different languages around the world. A feature film based on the franchise, produced by Platinum Studios and Dimension Films, is in pre-production for a projected release in 2007.
“The Darkness is a great franchise and we’re proud to be developing the game with 2K Games, Starbreeze and Union Entertainment,” said Matt Hawkins, ’s President and COO.
About Top Cow Productions, Inc.
Top Cow was founded in December of 1992 and currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and 2 licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise Witchblade was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live action television, animation or video games.
About Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is an integrated global developer, marketer, distributor and publisher of interactive entertainment software games and accessories for the PC, PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system, the Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™ and Game Boy® Advance. The Company publishes and develops products through its wholly owned labels Rockstar Games, 2K Games, 2K Sports and Global Star Software; and distributes products in North America through its Jack of All Games subsidiary.
Take-Two also manufactures and markets video game accessories in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region through its Joytech subsidiary. The Company maintains sales and marketing offices in Cincinnati, New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Vienna, Milan, Sydney, Breda (Netherlands) and Auckland. Take-Two’s common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO.
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