After the official announcement yesterday of the Darksiders II ”Summer of Death” promotion, publisher THQ has released some more information about what fans can expect before the game’s release date.

Regarding the first perk, a free t-shirt, an image and details on how to acquire it have popped up on the official Darksiders II Facebook page.  By following the directions here, those who pre-order the game will receive a shirt when the title is released.

On the advertising side of things, THQ has released a live-action trailer with some CGI thrown in for good measure.  The video stars James Cosmo, who fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones might recognize as Lord Mormont, commander of the Night’s Watch.  The video depicts Cosmo as a priest in a church, besieged on all sides by the looming threat of the Apocalypse, with a quick glimpse of the protagonist Death and the army of demons in his path.  Certainly more dire than the look of the actual games, I would not want to be caught in the middle of that horrific apocalypse without Death’s twin scythes.

A short version can be seen below, but if you want to view an extended cut, head over to the game’s Facebook home once again and like this page to watch the trailer.  Hopefully more videos are released, as the CGI version of Death’s enemies looks quite disturbing, but I would watch a full-length video of the Horseman taking down some hell-spawn.

Hammer Creative produced the live-action/CGI blended trailer for THQ, and will deliver more for the title soon.  Creative director and producer Brett Hocker and his team have certainly created some interesting CGI in the trailer, and I am excited to see what their future work will hold, as they have promised to deliver three fully CGI trailers in the coming weeks.  The team shot the live portions of the trailer on-location in Prague, so at the very least we all know to avoid that place in case of an apocalypse.  But with that dedication to authenticity, THQ clearly wants to market the title as prominently as they can, and hopefully these various promotions pay off.

THQ also promises to release more information about the Summer of Death during Comic Con.  Stay tuned to the convention on July 12 for all the details, but to tide you over until then read my E3 preview of the game.  Look forward to playing through all of Death’s journey on August 28 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.