At the Electronic Arts Vegas Game Show today, a sequel to Shank was announced — and it won’t be long before it’s in our hands.
Shank 2 is being built from the ground-up and features online co-op support in what’s described as an arcade-style survivor mode. Judging by the screens and the first, short trailer, it looks to be just as gorgeous as the first game.
“Creatively, Shank still has a lot to give,” said developer Klei Entertainment’s founder, Jamie Cheng. “We took the feedback from the community and ran with it, putting our own flavor on every change. For Shank 2, we literally took apart the game and put it back together to push the envelope in combat mechanics, visuals, and 2D animation in games.”
“We are honored to again partner with the visionary talent of Klei Entertainment,” added EA Partners business development director Jamil Moledina. “Shank 2 showcases their ability to blend emotionally resonant yet sardonically violent storytelling with pitch perfect controls and art design and confirms EA Partners’ strategy of bringing the best independent games simultaneously to all leading digital platforms.”
Shank 2 is scheduled to release on the same three platforms as the first one — PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and PC — in “early 2012.”
The first game was released in August of 2010 and was received quite highly. As luck would have it, Xbox 360 owners can pick it up for half price (600 points, $7.50) right now on the Xbox Live Marketplace.