The Darksiders series is one of the biggest franchises for THQ Nordic. Even though Darksiders appears to be one of the most complex action-adventure games you can find nowadays, it has drawn in hardcore gamers and newcomers alike. After several years of silence, nowadays Darksiders 4 is all long-term fans are clamouring for.
Read this guide, and you will find out all the actual news and what we’d love to see in Darksiders 4. The article includes official comments of the developers, rumours, and subjective opinions about the newest Darksiders game.
Darksiders 4 news
Although most people would wager that the pandemic changed the priorities of THQ Nordic away from developing Darksiders, Anton Lavrushkin, one of the central developers of Darksiders 3, rejected this rumour a year ago. He posted interesting screenshots on his Artstation account that certainly point towards a new Darksiders game.
It divided Darksiders fans into two groups. The first set think these screenshots are from Darksiders 4, while the second believes it to be generic concept art from previous entries.
The main argument of people who think that the concept art is from Darksiders 4 is that the storyline of the Darksiders series is focused on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War, Death, Fury, and Strife. In previous Darksiders games, THQ Nordic has focused on War, Death, and Fury.
But Strife still has yet to get the central protagonist role in a Darksiders game. Therefore, THQ Nordic must finish the central storyline by making Strife the main protagonist in Darksiders 4.
People who reject the release of Darksiders 4 believe that THQ Nordic has lost money and developing potential due to the pandemic years and the situation in the world. It sounds pretty unliekly, as THQ Nordic announced various games a few months ago, including Alone in the Dark, Space for Sale, Jagged Alliance 3, and others. So, the company is still making games, so Darksiders 4 could be on the cards.
However, it is pretty much impossible to talk about the release date of Darksiders 4. The game is yet to be officially announced, which makes estimating the particular release date incredibly complex. Taking into account that Anton Lavrushkin revealed screenshots a year ago, Darksiders 4 is likely to be close to the official announcement.
After that, the developers might require a year or two to develop the game and finally release it in 2024 or 2025. Therefore, there's still a while to wait until the Darksiders 4 release date arrives.
Top five things people want to see in Darksiders 4
Even though Darksiders 4 has yet to get official confirmation, many people worldwide have already built some expectations for the game. Below, you can find the list of all things people want to see in Darksiders 4.
Synergy between four horsemen of the Apocalypse
If you played previous Darksiders games, you probably know that each title is focused on a specific Horseman of Apocalypse. The exception is Darksiders Genesis, in which two heroes have a primary role in the central storyline.
Even though it is likely that THQ Nordic will continue the storyline and Darksiders 4 will be built around Strife, many people want to see the perfect synergy between the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in a new Darksiders game. It would be a good idea to enable people to switch between War, Death, Fury, and Strife whenever they want - or even to play in co-op.
One of the best things about the Darksiders series is that it features a significant open world with various exciting areas to explore. Therefore, all Darksiders fans hope that the new game will preserve the concept of open-world games with pretty exciting, combat-focused areas.
More mod support
Even though Darksiders 3 supports mods, they haven't gained significant popularity in the game. Most players ignore mods and play in the game like they do not exist. Therefore, many mod fans hope that THQ Nordic will provide better modding support in Darksiders 4. It would help developers to attract new players to the game and significantly diversify the gameplay.
Even from the release of the first Darksiders, in-game graphics were never a standout feature. If you compare Darksiders games with new releases, you will find out that Darksiders titles tend to look outdated. The latest Darksiders 3 was released in November 2018, but even this entry is starting to show its age.
Therefore, THQ Nordic urgently needs to make graphical improvements to any new Darksiders game. They can even use Unreal Engine 5 to get the game looking better than its previous instalments.
High-quality sound accompaniment is one of the main features of the Darksiders series. It perfectly complements the game's atmosphere and makes you enjoy every sound while playing Darksiders. Even though the same actors might voice a few characters in the game, they all sound unique, which is one of the best elements of voice acting in Darksiders games.
That’s it for our early look at Darksiders 4! As you can see, the game is pretty likely to get an official announcement soon. Until it does, make sure to check our list of the best free puzzle games.