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Darksiders 2 Slashing Its Way Back to the EU eShop

Posted by Samantha Sofka

Nordic Games "watching the Wii U situation"

Last April, Nordic Games picked up several of THQ's IPs including the Darksiders series. After almost a year's absence, the Austrian publisher has returned Darksiders 2 to the European Wii U eShop; according to business and product developer Reinhard Pollice, it is still continuing to monitor what he refers to as "the Wii U situation."

The game was pulled from the eShop back in March, for reasons unbeknownst to the publisher.

The reason to bring it back is that we love Darksiders and some of us are also big fans of Nintendo and their games. Our goal is to make Darksiders available to as [many] people as possible.

In addition to Darksiders 2, Nordic has the rights to several other THQ's previous IPs including Red Faction and MX vs. ATV. When asked if these titles would be ported and emerge on the Wii U eShop Pollice stated:

We are carefully watching the WiiU situation, but for now we don't have any more plans about titles other than what's available.

Later on down the road, the publisher is looking into releasing additional content for its held IPs with the help of either "the original creators or best possible developers." It is in no rush, and wants to take the time to carefully analyse each title in order to select financing models for future development.

Darksiders 2 is still available in the North American eShop. Do you think this is a good move on Nordic's part?


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Shiryu said:

This is still one of my favourite games on Wii U, It's a shame the original "Darksiders" wasn't re-released and that 3 might never happens at all... in case you missed this the first time, make sure you don't miss it this time. The soundtrack alone by Jesper Kyd is worth the price alone.



SpookyMeths said:

I think Nordic is overestimating the enthusiasm that Nintendo owners will have for a direct sequel to a game that they don't have access to.

I would gladly buy both games, but I really have no interest in this one without the other.



Angelic_Lapras_King said:

Maybe a low price cut? I've seen the physical Wii U copy go for around £8 in CeX, so I doubt many people will be picking up the digital copy at that price.

Hell, port the first one as an eShop exclusive at a budget price and I'm sure it'll pick up sales numbers a bit. You're already releasing a collection on PS360, so may as well continue to make money off of old games on Wii U... ;P



Emblem said:

Price needs to be lower if they want sales since retail is like 10 bucks. Anyway its a shame the 3rd one got shelved as the ideas they were talking about sounded pretty awesome.



CrazyOtto said:

Did Darksiders II on Wii U get all of the content that the other versions got?



C-Olimar said:

Price is a bit steep Nordic... especially considering it's on sale. Sort it out!



sugarshack said:

@Shiryu Forgot about how great the score was in this game until I saw your post. how great is it? I haven't played this game in almost 7 months, and I can remember a few scores right now.



DreamOn said:

We have a situation here in the ICU. What is it? The Wii U. Is it bad? It's bad, not much we can do but monitor vital signs. Right, let me know if anything changes and call the family.



JustinH said:

I agree with all of you guys — this game might do pretty good if it had a price cut. I mean, it's two years old and still $60 digital. There might be a real desire for it at $20 some time during the spring or summer.



Chubblings said:

@Shiryu Yeah, Jesper Kyd is an amazing composer-he's done music for the Assassin's Creed, Hitman, and Borderlands series. I really liked his work on Darksiders II, in fact, I have the soundtrack with me now!



JaxonH said:


You do not need to play the first game to enjoy this one. It's not like a movie trilogy where you need the story of the first to understand what's going on. This game explains everything that happens perfectly, and stands on it's own two feet, separately from the first title. Yes, it's a sequel and yes, certain references are made to events which unfolded in the first. However, they are just references, and explain what happened. People are missing out on too many great games nowadays because they think they have to play the first in a series. You can, but by no means is this a game which depends on the story of the first to entertain you, the gamer.

And maybe you're right about not much enthusiasm for this game from Wii U fans, but, there should be. There REALLY should be. This is one of the better games people will ever get to play. Definitely in my top 20 of all time. It's one of those games that, when you DO finally play it, you slap yourself in the face for ignoring it all those years.



turnmebackwards said:

Amazing game would recommend anyone with a Wii U to pick this up. Just today I picked up Darksiders the first one for my PS3 so playing the games backwards as already finished number 2 over a year ago now.



Shworange said:

It's a very good game. I would highly recommend it. It does feel heavily zelda inspired (except for the crazy amount of blood in some parts).



Urbanhispanic said:

I've always wanted to buy this game. I've only got 4 games in my Wii U library and including Darksiders II, there's 5 more games I plan on buying.



audiobrainiac said:

Its a great game, and i'm happy that EU can have it again, great move, but instead of watching "this Wii U situation" they could be making more money off of guys like me. As much as i love the game and am still enjoying it, its the stupidest thing ever to have the sequel on Wii U without the original. LIke frickin' Mass Effect 3 FFS (Godzilla face palm). The stories in both IP's seem pretty important and interesting and i wanna know more without having to buy a stupid PS3 or Xbox. Of course, i also want a private jet and sad to say, obtaining the latter seems more likely



ToniK said:

Cool game, a bit like a darker Zelda. Did have some AWFUL screen tearing though. It was like playing split screen all the time.
Edit: I was annoyed because it didn't have map on the gamepad but apparently it did. I guess I messed up somehow :/



FineLerv said:

Great game with great use of the gamepad. It has performance issues but it runs well enough for me to still be able to recommend it. My only gripe is that it doesn't support screenshot posts.



cornishlee said:

This game alone made me glad to own a Wii U. I don't think I've ever loved a game so much - I played it through four times last year; it's the first time I've ever bought a game soundtrack and it's the first time I've bought a licensed novel. Since my laptop needs replacing now I've gone the high-spec route just so that I have something to play the first game on (even though I'll miss the gamepad, which was put to great use in DS2 on Wii U).

So, as I said in the EU eshop release comments - I'd urge any Wii U owners who don't have this to buy it. Given the comparative price of Wii U retail discs though I can't see many people picking this up digitally at this price and I'm worried that Nordic will use that as a barometer for interest in the IP among Wii U owners. Hopefully they look at original release sales figures, too.

To those asking about DLC, the Wii U version includes most of it, including the 'Argul's Tomb' story/mission DLC. It does not include the final story/mission DLC though, which was never ported.



darthstuey said:

£40! I just bought the retail version from Amazon for £12- what are they thinking? I don't understand anyone who pays these prices for digital downloads of discs which are far cheaper.



Banker-Style said:

Tis a very good game,even if it had quite a fair bit of screen tearing.
Well worth getting even if the price is a bit steep( I got mine for £20 brand new after christmas)



AyeHaley said:

I hope they rerelease Darksiders 1 on Wii U even though I have it on Xbox...I love the Darksiders series and Darksiders 2 was the only game I really enjoyed playing during last years drought. Tempted to get it on the eShop despite having it on disk just to show we Wii U Darksiders fans want a sequel. With all 4 horse(wo)men.



elstif said:

I played this game for 4 or 5 hours (looked promising), my Wii U crashed 3 times during that time, I lost all the progress of the game and had to pull the plug on the Wii U (scary every time)
I never had the wii U freezing like this with anything else (disc/download games, apps, browser) and I use it a lot.
I never played this game again.



Parasky said:

I already have the PC version but would be quite interested in a Wii U version.



Marshi said:

£31 after discount for a two year old game you can pick up for £10 physical and brand new(lower if preowned),realy nordic games? You have any clue about business? This will be yet another dev pulling away from wiiu because "inexplicabley the game didnt sell on wiiu!"... sigh give me strength



Lord said:

This is one of the best games in wii u (albeit full of glitches) best buy hard copy £9 new!



DarkEdi said:

I don´t know why companies sell always more expensive the digital games than retails. A retail game of $60 dlls must cost $30 dlls because it is only digital content without stores and production between selling process. This game in stores is like $20-30 dlls (in Mexico) so digital must be like $10 dlls.




Thing is if a darksiders 3 ever does happen, it wont be done by the same team because they all went to crytek I think.



AJWolfTill said:

Yeah you could switch between inventory, items ans special abilities on the gamepad. The problem was that to switch to the map you had to press the map in a top corner which I didn't realise was possible until half way through the game.

@Shiryu I hadn't forgotten about how awesome the soundtrack was, but now I've got it open in a tab so thanks anyway : D



AJWolfTill said:

@Shiryu I think Plains of Death might be my favourite track! I still need to go and play the DLC campaign. The soundtrack really took this game to another level, and more than compensated for some of the issues I had with this game. Still at £8 it was an absolute steal! I was wondering why Borderland's soundtrack seemed familiar!



Shiryu said:

@AJWolfTill It's too hard to pick a favourite, maybe "Demon Realm"? The percussion is off the charts on that one! I too have not played the DLC campaign, saving it for a rainy day.

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