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Darksiders 3 leaked, coming in 2018

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Darksiders as a franchise might have borrowed a lot from the likes of God of War and The Legend of Zelda (and then promptly added in RPG mechanics in its sequel), but I always appreciated the THQ-published series for its stunning art style, engrossing premise and otherwise good gameplay. It’s been a long while since Darksiders 2 though, which included the shuttering of THQ, the rebirth of the publisher in Nordic Games’ opening of THQ Nordic and the bouncing around of rights to the franchise. And so, Darksiders 3 shouldn’t be a thing – but it seems like it is.

Leaked via an Amazon listing and picked up by Gematsu, Darksiders 3 seems to be under development at THQ Nordic and development studio Gunfire Games. The listing featured not only a release window of 2018, but a host of gameplay details and screenshots, lending it a lot of credibility. Darksiders 3 will continue the trend of changing up its lead character, letting you take control of Fury in a new open-world experience.

According to the listing, this is what you can expect:

  • Play as FURY – a mage who must rely on her whip and magic to restore the balance between good and evil on Earth!
  • Harness FURY’s magic to unleash her various forms – each granting her access to new weapons, moves and traversal abilities
  • Explore an open-ended, living, free-form game world in which FURY moves back and forth between environments to uncover secrets while advancing the story
  • Defeat the Seven Deadly Sins and their servants who range from mystical creatures to degenerated beings
  • Darksiders signature art style – 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

A glance at the leaked art shows a dedication to Darksiders settings of old, with ruined cities overrun with nature occupying a lot of space. For eyes maybe not attuned to Darksiders, it looks a hell of a lot like Horizon Zero Dawn. And the female protagonist in Fury only helps to support that connection.

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With E3 just around the corner, it’s likely that this will be better fleshed out in the coming weeks.

Last Updated: May 2, 2017

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