When we set out to make Darksiders Genesis, our objective was to create something completely fresh – a whole new approach to the beloved Darksiders action adventure franchise. Partnering with Airship Syndicate to make the game ensured that right out of the gate with a top-down design – a first for the franchise. The introduction of gunslinging horsemen Strife was also a first, as was the introduction of online and split-screen co-op play with his fellow horsemen War.
But we couldn’t stop there. Darksiders I, II, and III set themselves apart, one from the others, in many ways, but at their core, each delivered a completely unique, combat style. Varied traversal abilities, weaponry, powers and raw strength informed distinctively satisfying gameplay experiences across every Darksiders game. So, the final, major design question we faced with Darksiders Genesis was: How can we deliver a fresh combat experience across both single-player and co-op modes? (insert hours of trial, error, blood, sweat, tears and sleeplessness here) The ultimate answer: Creature Cores.
Put very simply, Creature Cores is a perk system that empowers players to customize their own upgrade system fueled by the enemies they defeat. More specifically, when a player kills an enemy, it has a chance to drop a “Creature Core” that can be picked up to enhance player stats and increase power and get some powerful perks. The manner in which these items or rather “Cores” are slotted into the Creature Cores Menu informs each player’s combat abilities. Each slot has an associated stat (Health, Wrath, Attack) that will improve this stat when a core is slotted in. Each slot also has a maximum level of core it can hold.
Destroying unique enemies like bosses and elite monsters translates to opportunities to collect unique Major Creature Cores (Orange colored) while commonly dropped items are Minor Creature Cores. Creature Cores can also be purchased from Vulgrim and earned in the arena.
Killing the same enemy units over and over will result in picking up the same core but will increase the level of the core.
Last but not least, nothing is permanent on the creature core tree. It can be changed and re-aligned at every time for an optimized set-up. So, there you have it: Creature Cores! How we deliver a unique and fresh combat experience across single-player, as well as online and couch co-op in Darksiders Genesis!