Nordic Games recently revealed the true intentions of re-releasing Darksiders 2 on current-gen consoles. To gauge interest in the franchise and use it as a starting point for Darksiders 3. Obviously, the company could use the extra cash as well.
With the NXOE update going live and backwards compatibility now available to all Xbox One owners, and PlayStation Now having been made available this Summer, there’s really no need for any more definitive editions. When they are released from now on, developers and publishers will just find new excuses for why they’re re-releasing titles. Obviously you don’t have to buy them if you don’t have any interest in them, but publishers and developers alike need to be forthcoming in why they’re releasing these titles and just say it outright.
With Nordic Games and Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition for example, don’t tell me you need to gauge interest in the franchise. Anytime Darksiders is mentioned, people are clamoring for a third entry in the franchise. Simply releasing a news announcement that you’re planning to develop a third entry in the franchise would have sufficed. If re-releasing Darksiders on current-gen consoles helps fund development, then I have no issue with that. But say that!
Here’s the full quote from the Nordic Games rep:
“Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition was just the start. Since we acquired the franchise we were looking for options for doing a DS3. The remaster was just a way to get some spotlight on the franchise again, reactivate the community and have a better starting position for DS3.”
If fans are clamoring for you to re-release a game, promote it that way. If you need the extra cash to fund the next game in a franchise, say that. The industry has enough misleading information and shady PR practices already.
I classify Definitive Editions as games like Darksiders 2, The Uncharted Collection and God of War 3. Those games all received minimal graphical updates, rather than a full-on remaster like Gears of War: UE, or Halo 2: Anniversary. Then of course there’s actual remakes, like the upcoming Ratchet and Clank game for the PS4.
I have no issue with Nordic Games as a publisher (yet), and I very much enjoy the Darksiders franchise as do many others. I’m rather confident that if a third entry in the series is announced it would do just fine for the publisher. Let the quality of the Darksiders franchise and the developers behind it at Gunfire Games do the talking.