Hands-On Darksiders Genesis at E3 2019

We Sit Down with the Devs Who Confirm This Isn’t Quite Darksiders' Take on Diablo

June 24, 2019 by

Before E3, news leaked a of another Darksiders game, and many expected we would be getting Darksiders 4, the final chapter in the franchise that would feature the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse: Strife.

But THQ Nordic shocked everyone releasing the trailer for Darksiders: Genesis a few days before E3 — leading many to believe that their next game in the series was going to be a Diablo-style co-op action-RPG. Turns out, that’s not exactly true.

We got a chance to sit down with the developers and go hands-on at E3 this year, and we can confirm, Genesis is sticking to its action-adventure roots and just switching to a top-down perspective with a new developer.

In Darksiders Genesis, you’ll be able to play as both War and Strife. War focuses on melee attacks similar to his skillset from the first game, while new character Strife has ranged attacks that help greatly diversify the gameplay. Both characters also have a special ultimate ability which turns them into giant monsters with powerful attacks for a limited time.

Only one character can be controlled at a time, so when playing singleplayer you’ll have the ability to instantly switch back and forth between the two. This, of course, changes when playing co-op and puzzles are also slightly different with a friend to encourage teamwork.

With a new top-down perspective, Darksiders Genesis also features a slightly different style of storytelling. Taking place before the events of the original game, Genesis has comic book-style animated sequences from the same talented artist who worked on Battle Chasers, which fans of the series will either love or hate.

While a Diablo version of Darksiders with tons of loot would have been amazing, as huge fans of the original Darksiders games and other top-down games like Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light and Victor Vran, Genesis looks to be a fun co-op puzzle-solving experience with light-RPG mechanics and tons of epic boss fights that actually has up more hyped to play than we were for the third game in the series.

Darksiders Genesis is set for release in 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.