Original developer Klei has been hard at work behind closed doors, preparing the follow-up which once again emphasises on the events of its titular hero. Details are scarce, but it seems the game's big new addition will be an arcade survival co-op mode.

"Creatively, Shank still has a lot to give," said Klei 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."

EA executive Jamil Moledina was keen to chip in too: "We are honored to again partner with the visionary talent of Klei Entertainment. 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." Sure Jamil.

The game's due out in early 2012.