The Darkness II Slips From Crowded Fall to Early (Still Crowded) 2012

The thinning of the fall and winter 2011 video game herd claims a victim today, as 2K Games delays Digital Extremes' The Darkness II. Originally on the books for an October release, 2K is now aiming the first-person shooter for February 2012.

2K updated the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game's release date today to February 7 of next year in North America, February 10 internationally.

Fans of The Darkness can take solace in the slippage by keeping an eye on the game's presence at Comic-Con this week. Celebrating the 15th anniversary of The Darkness, co-creator Marc Silvestri, Top Cow comics president Matt Hawkins, voice talent Mike Patton and developers from Digital Extremes will all attend the "Spreading The Darkness: From Comic Book to Video Games and Entertainment" panel this Thursday.

The Darkness II's delay frees up fans of the first-person shooter to spend more time with some of October's other genre contenders, including Rage and Battlefield 3.