Shank 2 will be heading to XBLA, PSN and PC in early 2012, independent game developer Klei Entertainment - a partner of EA - has revealed.

Shank 2 follows the titular hitman as he embarks on a quest of vengeance after the lives of those close to him are put in danger. As well as building on the original in terms of its combat and stylish visuals, the sequel will introduce an arcade-style survival co-op mode, which has players working together to take down opponents.

"Creatively, Shank still has a lot to give," said Jamie Cheng, founder of Klei Entertainment. "We took the feedback from the community and ran with it, putting our own flavour 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 honoured to again partner with the visionary talent of Klei Entertainment," added Jamil Moledina, director, Business Development at EA Partners. "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."

The first Shank looked a lot better than it played.