Every so often, a beloved horror franchise loses its way. This could happen for a myriad reasons, but sometimes the solution is a fresh perspective. It might not work 100% of the time — as Silent Hill can attest — but it’s rarely a bad idea to see where someone else can take a series. After the break I’ve come up with a list of six games, all of which deserve to see a sequel, and I’ve paired them with six talented developers who I feel could offer a fresh take on the game or franchise.
Read on for my list 6 Horror Games And The Studios That Should Make Them!
My first choice would be to see Frictional — the developer behind The Dark Descent, the game that kicked off this series and continues to haunt my dreams to this day — return for a third Amnesia game. The problem is, I’d much prefer to see them do something new, and it just so happens they’re doing just that, so I’ll go with my second choice: Red Barrels.
For the unfamiliar, Red Barrels is the team that brought us Outlast, a shit-out-your-spine terrifying game that proved a simple game can be just as effective, if it’s well done, as a complex one. There isn’t a lot to Outlast — you run, you hide, you explore, you repeat. Even still, it’s one of the scariest games I’ve ever played, and there’s a significant portion of the Internet that’s likely to agree with that.
We need another Amnesia, and since Frictional can’t do it, I vote for the team that made this.
This is a tough one. In a previous list I said Silent Hill should go to Ninja Theory, because I feel their penchant for style (DmC: Devil May Cry) and fantastic character development (Enslaved) would translate well to Konami’s longstanding survival horror franchise.
Now I think I’ve found a better option, and that studio is Kojima Productions.
I’ve said it before and there’s a very good chance I’m going to continue saying it until it happens or Konami finds a better choice: Hideo Kojima should take the reins on the next Silent Hill. It’s very much on the verge of happening, I feel like it only requires a gentle nudge before the ball inevitably starts rolling and we get the chance to see what Kojima can do to breathe new life in this series.
Oh, and if they can’t do it, give it to Climax Studios (Silent Hill: Origins, Shattered Memories). I bet they could do something really cool with it (again).
Resident Evil needs a reboot, badly, and I don’t think Capcom has the awareness of their community or a firm enough grasp on the intricacies of the horror genre to be successful with it. this is a franchise that is in desperate need of a new perspective, because it clearly isn’t getting that from its current developer.
So why not give it to Crystal Dynamics, the studio that recently — and very successfully — rebooted the Tomb Raider series? Much of what Resident Evil 6 lacked can be found in that game, just replace the island setting with Raccoon City and Lara Croft with someone like Claire Redfield or Jill Valentine.