Darksiders Genesis

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Darksiders Genesis
Darksiders Genesis Box Art RP.png
Developer(s)Airship Syndicate
Publisher(s)THQ Nordic
Director(s)Ryan Stefanelli
Producer(s)Andy Hansen
Designer(s)Steve Madureira
Programmer(s)DJ Hirko
Artist(s)Jesse Carpenter
Grace Liu
Baldi Konijn
Writer(s)Frank Barbiere
Composer(s)Gareth Coker
EngineUnreal Engine 4
ReleaseStadia, Microsoft Windows
  • WW: 5 December 2019
Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • WW: 14 February 2020
Genre(s)Hack and slash, role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Darksiders Genesis is a top-down hack and slash action role-playing video game developed by American studio Airship Syndicate and published by THQ Nordic. The game was released for Stadia and Microsoft Windows on 5 December 2019, and will be released on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in February 2020.[1] It is considered a spin-off prequel game in the Darksiders series and introduces the fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, Strife, as the protagonist. Strife can also team up with his brother, War.


The player can switch between Strife and War at any time. Strife uses his pistols while War uses his sword, Chaos Eater. Alternatively, two players can play the game in a co-op mode with each player taking the role of one of the characters.[2] Once the player has killed enough enemies, they are allowed to use burst abilities which allow them to take down enemies quicker. The game currency is souls which can be earned by killing enemies that will spawn before the player. Platforming elements similar to previous games make a return and certain gameplay mechanics such as bombs are present too.


The game was announced by publisher THQ Nordic on 6 June 2019 in the run-up to E3 2019. Unlike Darksiders III, Genesis is developed by Airship Syndicate, who previously developed Battle Chasers: Nightwar. This studio consists of developers of the defunct Vigil Games, who developed the first two Darksiders titles. Genesis is a spin-off title, whereas unlike its main series games, it takes on a top-down perspective and is more of a looter[clarification needed] game, compared to games like Diablo.[3]


Aggregate score
Metacritic(PC) 77/100[4]

Critical response[edit]

Darksiders Genesis received "generally favorable" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[4]


  1. ^ "Darksiders Genesis: release dates / CGI trailer / PC preorder". THQ Nordic. 22 October 2019. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Darksiders Genesis Preview: What if Darksiders Met Diablo? – E3 2019".
  3. ^ Hilliard, Kyle (6 June 2019). "Exclusive Hands-On With Strife In Darksiders: Genesis". Game Informer. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Darksiders Genesis for PC Reviews - Metacritic". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 20 December 2019.

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