The Darkness 2 brings back Mike Patton

Former Faith No More singer Mike Patton will reprise his role as the titular Darkness, a chaos entity inside Jackie Estacado's body, in Digital Extremes' Fall 2011 sequel, The Darkness 2. It's all wife arms and demon arms with this guy, it seems.

In making the announcement, 2K Games also revealed that The Darkness 2 will be on-hand at GDC in San Francisco in less than two weeks. We'll be lurking in the shadows, waiting to pounce on any and all news there.

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2K Games Signs Mike Patton As "The Darkness" in the Supernatural Horror Game, The Darkness™ II

Critically acclaimed musician and voice actor reprises his role as the ultimate evil

New York, NY – February 17, 2011 – 2K Games announced today that acclaimed singer, songwriter and voice actor, Mike Patton, will reprise his role as The Darkness in The Darkness™ II, the sequel to the beloved 2007 video game release. The avant-garde rock artist, known as the front man of Faith No More, Mr. Bungle and Peeping Tom, lends his unique voice acting talents as The Darkness – a supernatural force of chaos and destruction. Additionally, 2K Games will be showcasing The Darkness II, for the first time to press during the Game Developers Conference 2011 in San Francisco from March 2 – 4.

"The story behind The Darkness II wouldn't be complete or authentic without the character of The Darkness," said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "Mike Patton brings a completely unique perspective to the role which is essential in creating the world of The Darkness."

Players control Jackie Estacado, who inherited the demonic powers of The Darkness on his 21st birthday from his father who carried the curse before him. By staying in the shadows and avoiding the light, Jackie can summon the tremendous powers of The Darkness to eviscerate his enemies with deadly Demon Arms and supernatural abilities, all while enduring the taunts and goading of the evil that consumes him.

"It feels really good to be the bad guy, and The Darkness is as bad as it gets," said Mike Patton. "I've read through the script and Jackie is going to be a brutally tortured soul. I'm looking forward to making his life a living hell."

The Darkness II breaks out of the sea of conventional first-person shooters with its fervid Quad-Wielding gameplay, which will allow players to slash, grab, and throw objects and enemies with their Demon Arms while simultaneously firing two weapons. The game is layered with the use of dark versus light, steeped in deep and twisted storytelling, and engulfed in stylistic violence that is visualized through a hand-painted graphic noir technique that stays true to its comic book origins.

Based on the supernatural horror comic book series created by Top Cow Productions, Inc., The Darkness II will be coming to the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC in fall 2011. The Darkness II is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information on The Darkness II, please visit

2K Games is a division of 2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).

This article was originally published on Joystiq.