2K Games today announced a new feature for February’s The Darkness II. “Vendettas,” a “fast-paced violent and narrative co-op experience” parallel to the single-player story, will allow up to four friends to play together online.
The mode is described as a “team-focused, mission based experience,” focused on “the crucial role” each of its four playable characters play in Jackie Estacado’s campaign to defeat the Brotherhood. They are:
- Inugami: Wielding the mythical Kusanagi samurai sword rumored to have killed ten thousand innocents, Inugami is a dark and mentally unstable character with revenge-driven motives against The Brotherhood and their allies for the slaughter of his entire family. He can also use a swarm of miniature demons to attack and immobilize his enemies.
- Shoshanna: Shoshanna is an ultra-efficient agent for Mossad, the Israeli Intelligence Agency, who was sent to New York to combat a spike in Brotherhood activity. Her obedience and devotion to her superiors makes her a perfect operative, and she harbors a passion for hunting and destroying evil in the world as part of her legacy. Shoshanna wields the Arm of the Night, a powerful weapon fueled with Dark essence and the power to fire multiple rounds of gunfire at one time.
- Jimmy Wilson: A product of inner-city Glasgow, Scotland, and a notorious alcoholic, Jimmy believes The Brotherhood is simply another form of the Hated English that persecuted his family in the past, and he travels to New York to torment them to the fullest extent. He wields the Dark Axe, and has the ability to summon Darklings that he commonly refers to as “Little Jimmys”.
- J.P. DuMond: A former doctor from New Orleans, DuMond is burdened with guilt for using a form of Louisiana Voodoo to heal his patients. The use of dark magic drew the attention of The Brotherhood, an organization which J.P. is now forced to combat in order to halt their pursuit of evil relics. J.P. wields the Midnight Stick and can pull enemies into an anatomy-crushing vortex when he tosses his Box of Tricks – a black metal box filled with dark power – into an open area.
A “Hit List” mode will allow players to “repeat their favorite campaign moments or wreak havoc in brand new scenarios.”
Screenshots of Vendettas mode can be seen at the gallery. Watch a trailer below.
The Darkness II is due for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on February 7, 2012 in North America and on February 10 in Europe.