Vigil Games has said that if Darksiders 3 comes into fruition based on Darksiders 2's commercial performance, the studio would reduce the scope of the game in order to implement more detail.
Each of Darksiders 2's four worlds apparently match the size of the original's world. Lead designer Haydn Dalton, however, has explained that a future Darksiders installment would have its size and scope reduced so it would result in more detail being instilled into the game's world.
"If Jason's [Rubin, President, THQ] sat there and we go and sell 4 or 5 million units, I'm pretty sure he won't say, 'Let's go and do something different now'. Maybe what he might do is turn around and say, 'We'll do another Darksiders game, but we'll try and reduce the scope so that we can make it even higher polished'. Because our scope is huge. Maybe he says, 'Bring the scope down a little bit, we'll still do another game but it's a lot more focused'. That's not such a bad thing to do either."
Reducing the scope of a third installment could be a positive to the overall experience, Dalton believes.
"It depends on how much the reduction of the scope is, right? We've done a huge world in this one, but [though] reducing the size of the world might be seen as a big impact from a player point of view, you know what, we might do a lot more interaction within the world if the world was smaller.
"And there might be even more polish, there might be a lot more animated things in the environment and a lot more detail or destruction or whatever it might be in the world because of a reduce in size. Rather than doing sheer square-footage, it's more like what can you do in less room by focusing on it, and depth [and] interaction within a smaller environment.
"Initially it seems like if you make it smaller that's not as good. Well, that's not necessarily true. Quantity is not about quality. Just because you make something bigger doesn't mean it's better. That's something people are saying to us: 'You keep quoting about size'. I tend to not really go on about the physical size of the world so much because it's more about what you're doing within that area that's important to me."
Darksiders 2 is currently scheduled for a release on August 14 in North America and August 21 in Europe.