The rumours were true: A new Darksiders game starring Strife is in the works. It’s just not the type of affair we expected it would be.

Titled Darksiders Genesis, this new take on the series’ apocalyptic gameplay assumes the form of a Diablo-style hack n’ slash game, with a top down perspective. Thus, it eschews the third-person, action-adventure trappings of its three predecessors.

“Darksiders Genesis kicks off a completely fresh direction for the Darksiders franchise, including a new gameplay style, the introduction of STRIFE – the fourth and final horseman – and so much more,” said Joe Madureira, co-creator of Darksiders and CEO of Airship Syndicate. “The team at Airship is very eager to get Darksiders Genesis into the hands of fans at next week’s E3 show in Los Angeles!”

Since it’s not a numbered affair, one can’t help but wonder if Genesis is a spin-off. Then again, it does star the fourth and final Horseman, and is also said to be a ‘full-scale Darksiders.’

In Darksiders Genesis, the fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse STRIFE is called upon to save humankind from certain destruction at the hands of Lucifer. True to its roots, Darksiders Genesis will feature intense combat, exploration, puzzle-solving, epic boss battles and serpent holes from heaven to hell. The game marks the first, full-scale Darksiders adventure played from the top-down perspective.

This marks the second of three planned game announcements from THQ Nordic over the course of three days. The first was a remastered version of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, which originally released during the PS2/Xbox/GameCube era.

Darksiders Genesis is expected to launch in 2019, and is in development for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC and Google Stadia. It’s being developed by Airship Syndicate, whose debut game was Battle Chasers: Nightwar.

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