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E3 2019 is still a few days away but that isn’t stopping publishers from announcing their latest titles ahead of the big event. Such is the case with THQ Nordic. The company just revealed Darksiders Genesis, the latest entry in the long-running hack-and-slash series. The upcoming game looks like a pretty big departure from its predecessors but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

According to the newly unveiled announcement trailer, Darksiders Genesis will feature an isometric perspective. That’s somewhat unexpected considering the rest of the entries in the series are all third-person action games. That said, the combat still looks very solid so perhaps this new direction will do the series some good. Another thing that immediately stands out in the trailer is the soundtrack, which has a more gothic rock feel to it this time around.

Darksiders Genesis puts players in the shoes of Strife, the fourth and final horseman of the Apocalypse. Unlike his melee-focused siblings, Strife’s combat style mainly revolves around raining hell from afar with his two trusty revolvers – Mercy and Redemption. We don’t know too much about his abilities at the moment but the combat itself does seem as action-packed as one might expect from a Darksiders title.

Darksiders Genesis Will Feature a Co-op Mode

Interestingly enough, it seems like Strife is much less of a loner compared to his siblings. In fact, his brother War is seen constantly helping him out throughout the trailer. Although the video doesn’t mention it per se, Rock Paper Shotgun mentions that this will indeed be a co-op game. It’s not quite the four-player co-op Darksiders title fans have been expecting but could be the next best thing.

As far as the story is concerned, we’re not quite sure when in the timeline this one takes place. Judging by its name, though, it could very well be a prequel. What we do know for certain is that Lucifer himself will be the main antagonist this time around. As such, Strife and War are tasked with journeying to the very depths of Hell to face off against the big baddie. Naturally, along the way we can expect to face plenty of other bosses and likely quite a few puzzles.

With Darksiders 3 having released in late 2018 it may seem a bit strange that another title is already on its way. However, it seems like this game has been in the works for a while. Unlike its predecessor, which was developed by Gunfire Games, Darksiders Genesis is being handled by Airship Syndicate. The developer is perhaps best known for its work on Battle Chasers: Nightwar, a turn-based RPG released back in 2017. By all accounts, Genesis looks to act as a spin-off so we’re likely to hear about Darksiders 4 as well sooner or later.

Genesis Launches Later This Year

Darksiders Genesis will be playable at E3 2019 so drop by THQ Nordic’s booth #823 in the South Hall if you’re in the area and want to check it out. The game currently doesn’t have a specific release date but THQ Nordic confirmed it will launch sometime later this year. Once it does, Genesis will be available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and even Google Stadia. According to Amazon, the game will only cost $30.