I still haven’t had a chance to check out Eli Roth’s “Goretorium”, a year-round horror maze/display on the Las Vegas strip. It opened with quite a bit of fanfare on September 27th, 2012, but apparently the non-horror months (November-August) haven’t helped it generate the revenue it needs. As a result, the company is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (according to this article in the Las Vegas Sun). While things don’t look good, the Goretorium is still allowed to operate so check it out while you can! If enough people end up liking it, who knows what could happen? Find tickets at the event’s official website.
“The multi-level maze of frights submerges visitors into the tale of Sin City’s most deadly mythical hotel and casino, The Delmont. The self-guided horror experience begins in the lobby of the Delmont and unveils gruesome and ghastly sights of past hotel guest victims and the serial-killing family behind the deeds at every turn. Employing high-tech Vegas showmanship with old-fashioned scares, the terrifying labyrinth of live actors, animatronic frights and stunning special effects is contained in a vintage hotel setting that rivals Hollywood’s best movie sets.” READ MORE
The THQ many of us once knew and loved is dead. Has been for some time now actually, but now its games and assets are up for auction, or will be on January 22. Saints Row, Metro, Darksiders, Red Faction, Warhammer, Homefront… all these and more will soon go up for auction, and the list of potential buyers is growing. At least five publishers are interested in purchasing the bankrupt company’s intellectual properties when they’re auctioned off on a “title-by-title” basis. Currently, that list includes Double Fine (Brutal Legend, The Cave), Electronic Arts (Dead Space, Battlefield), and Warner Bros. (F.E.A.R., Injustice: Gods Among Us), among others.
It’s important to remember that this shouldn’t affect development of these titles, all of which are already well underway at their respective developers. THQ owned and published the IPs, but because it isn’t around to publish anymore those titles are being sold to interested publishers. You should still get your Saints Row 4 and Metro: Last Light, it just won’t have that snazzy new THQ logo in front of it.
I don’t mean to bring your day down, since I’m sure a majority of you are busy with Silent Hill: Downpour, or today’s releases that include Operation Raccoon City and the Silent Hill HD Collection, but I have some sad news. According to GamesIndustry, Dark Energy Digital has gone under administration, with one of the likely causes being the lukewarm reception of their recent Adventure Horror game Hydrophobia. Critic reviews were polarized, with most of them leaning toward the negative side. We didn’t review it, but after playing about an hour of the original (it was later re-released as Hydrophobia Prophecy for the PSN) I wasn’t terribly impressed.
Hydrophobia suffers from Alone in the Dark syndrome, in that it did something incredibly well — in this case, a stunning water physics engine — while everything else fell flat. Now, Manchester-based Dark Energy Digital looks to be closing its doors. What this means for the Hydrophobia IP is unknown, but it doesn’t look good. It always sucks when we lose a talented developer, but I hope the team finds a new home so they can continue giving us new and interesting games. READ MORE