While there's still no release date, Nordic Games has confirmed that the Darksiders remaster will retail at $20, and that the PC version will be able to handle up to 4K resolutions.
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Someone on the Darksiders team really loves puns.
Late last year, publisher Nordic Games completed work on an updated version of Darksiders 2, titled the "Deathinitive Edition." For the most part, the next-gen port was what most people were expecting: an updated version of the original game with every piece of downloadable content included. Much like the original title, the Deathinitive Edition was relatively well-received, and many were expecting to see Nordic try something similar with the first Darksiders game.
It's been almost a year since then, and many gamers assumed that Nordic Games was done with Darksiders. With no word on any sort of follow-up or remastered game, there was no reason to believe that Nordic Games was interested in trying to revive the series — basically, it looked like THQ had claimed one final victim during its collapse.
However, it turns out that Nordic Games isn't giving up on the franchise quite yet: earlier today, the publisher announced that a remastered version of the original game would be headed to all current-gen platforms. For the first time in six years, fans will be able to strap back into the over-sized armor of War and take down the denizens of the Apocalypse on newer, more powerful hardware.
Say hello to Darksiders: Warmastered Edition.
Yes, it's just as bad a title as Deathinitive Edition — but a goofy pun is a small price to pay for an updated Darksiders.
Also, if Nordic Games comes through on all of its promises, the Warmastered Edition will be a sizable upgrade over the original last-gen version: increased texture resolutions, new post-processing effects and a new 60 FPS cap are a few of the new features included in the port.
The full list of new features and updates (via Nordic Games' official site) is as follows:
• Native 1080p rendering resolution
• Doubled all the texture resolutions
• Rendering improvements and rework
• Better shadow rendering quality
• Post-processing effects
• 60 FPS in moment-to-moment gameplay (PS4, Xbox One, PC, 30 for WiiU)
What's strange about the announcement is that, for a series that was relatively popular back in its heyday, Darksiders: Warmastered Edition hasn't gotten much in the way of fanfare. The pictures on Nordic Games' site aren't exactly high-resolution, and there's no sort of trailer anywhere online. To be fair, it's not as if Darksiders is a household name anymore — but even something small like a teaser trailer would have been nice.
Even so, the simple fact that Darksiders: Warmastered Edition is even happening should be more than enough to get fans excited. The original game was great, if a bit under-appreciated — with any luck, this new title is just the beginning of a full-on Darksiders revival.
The Warmastered Edition doesn't have a confirmed release date quite yet, but we'll update this story as soon as Nordic Games makes an announcement.