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Cancelled Survival Horror Game ‘Sadness’ Coming to Wii U

In news I never saw coming, the long dead survival horror game Sadness, which was announced for the Wii back in 2006 before getting officially cancelled in 2010, is being exhumed from its grave by developers HullBreach Studios and Cthulhi Games.

The surprising news comes from NintendoLife, where the devs announced their plans to bring the lost game back to life. Cthulhi’s Jeremy Kleve says that while he wants to stay true to the original concept, there will be some changes. “Without a doubt, the original concept is a huge inspiration to us. We will be sticking to the original idea pretty closely, but don’t be surprised if there are some changes here and there in terms of characters, mechanics, and setting. Visually, the new Sadness will retain the Gothic noir scheme with a few exceptions.”

Originally, Sadness was to follow a woman named Maria Lengyel and her son, Alexander, who’s blinded after their train derails in the countryside. It’s original developer, Nibris, had ambitious plans for its narrative, which would have touched on narcolepsy, nyctophobia and paranoid schizophrenia, and featured a branching storyline with ten possible endings.

That fact that a game like Sadness is being resurrected after being dead for some time now is exciting for a number of reasons. For one, it looks like a genuinely interesting survival horror game, and it’s always great to see games like this get the attention they deserve. Another (obvious) plus is we now have one more horror game to look forward to, and the Wii U’s horror game library is lacking, to put it mildly.

This also offers a glimmer of hope for fans of other horror games that have been cancelled, like Redwood Falls, Campfire, Sundown, Nightmare Creatures III: Angel of Darkness, City of the Dead, Dead Rush, Harker, Come Midnight, Clive Barker’s Demonik, The Thing 2, and about a hundred others. I don’t see any of those games getting released, but then again, I would’ve said the same for Sadness, so who knows?




  • Nick O’Shea

    This is fantastic to hear, the announcement of that game was one of the pivotal reasons I bought a Wii.

  • ThunderDragoon

    That’s really awesome news. Hopefully more horror games will be resurrected too.

  • JRod365

    What ever happened to that ps3 move game that was like a slasher film?

  • Krug09

    That’s a lousy teaser but the description sounds like something i would like as long as its a good game and not a Silent Hill rip off.

    • Knut A Knudsen

      The teaser is for the Wii game, and it’s eight years old, so I wouldn’t pay much attension to it’s quality

  • Krug09

    We need more great survival horror games like Silent Hill. Even like Resident Evil but SH to me focused most on being scary and telling a story.

    • Adam Dodd

      Agreed. We don’t often get games like the old school Silent Hills, Fatal Frames, and System Shocks anymore. This may help fill that void.

  • Blood-Sicles

    Wow, I remember hearing about this a long time ago, and wondering why (in the 4 years after its announcement) they never showed off ANYTHING from the game. But considering how many awesome horror titles have been cancelled in the past, I’m really excited to see one make it back into development. The concept still sounds freaking crazy- I’m in.

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