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|Engine||Unreal Engine 4|
|Release||Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows|
Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
|Genre(s)||Hack and slash, role-playing|
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 Google Stadia and Microsoft Windows on 5 December 2019, and for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in February 2020. 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 will also team up with his brother, War.
Throughout the game 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. 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 officially 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 also a spin off title, whereas unlike its main series games, it takes on a top-down perspective and is more of a looter game, similar to other games like Diablo.
- McCaffrey, Ryan (6 June 2019). "Darksiders Genesis Announced – E3 2019". IGN UK. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
- "Darksiders Genesis: release dates / CGI trailer / PC preorder". THQ Nordic. 22 October 2019. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
- "Darksiders Genesis Preview: What if Darksiders Met Diablo? – E3 2019".
- Hilliard, Kyle (6 June 2019). "Exclusive Hands-On With Strife In Darksiders: Genesis". Game Informer. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
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