Love it or hate it (I loved it), there’s no denying how spectacularly bizarre Deadly Premonition is. The mind behind the game, a man known as Swery65, has announced that he and his team are currently at work on a new title. Their new project doesn’t yet have a publisher but after the surprising success of Deadly Premonition, I don’t picture them having too much trouble getting someone to sign on to whatever it is their working on now. There’s even a slight chance this yet to be revealed game could be a sequel to one of the strangest games I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing.
While discussing the new project Swery65 said he’ll “work until it kills him” on “something really good.” I’d say one of Deadly Premonition’s biggest flaws was how unpolished it was. The game had some lofty goals, creating an open world game with Resident Evil 4 style controls and investigative elements. Unfortunately, much of the game was plagued with horrible driving, tank-like controls, and PS2 quality visuals. Luckily, all of these can be remedied with more money. Now I really shouldn’t get ahead of myself since we don’t know what the game is, but I’d very much like to see what a potential Deadly Premonition 2 would look like. Would you? READ MORE
With Jaws celebrating its 36th anniversary, AICN‘s Eric Vespe (aka Quint) recently got to chat with the man himself, Steven Spielberg, about the film and his career in general. We got a tidbit from the interview last week, when word got out that the Blu-ray is in the works without any sort of digital alterations (!), and now you can read the interview in its entirety right here.
Jaws is easily one of the most memorable films of all-time and it’s always been assumed that Spielberg was asked to come back for the sequel (which he turned down because hates shooting at sea). He moved onto greener pastures and left the franchise, but it seems as thought the shark that refused to work is always on his mind.
When asked about how he would have approached making a sequel, Spielberg responded, “No, no idea at all, but I have a very, very good scene which I thought would have been good for a sequel someday, which I will tell you someday because I don’t want it in print. But I’ll tell you my scene some day. Every time I think of this scene I think, ‘Hmmm, could this be another Jaws movie?’ and I have to immediately stop myself and immediately pull myself back down to Earth.”
Now, the odds of him actually returning is probably slim to none, but the world would certainly be a better place for it. Each of the three follow-ups Universal made during the late 70′s and 80′s are either unwatchable or unintentionally hilarious (check past the break for the alternate ending of Jaws: The Revenge to see what I mean), and seeing him return would at least end the franchise on a sweet note – and not one that sounds like a mentally challenged lion.
Alan Wake was a fantastic game but despite the almost unanimous critical acclaim and two successful post-release expansions, the game didn’t sell terribly well. We loved the game and apparently TIME Magazine did too, so the unofficial unveiling of the much anticipated sequel is more than a little exciting.
News that Alan Wake 2 is currently in development came from animator Althea Suarez Gata’s LinkedIn profile, which says he’s worked on cinematics for the game. Could Remedy have an Alan Wake surprise waiting to be revealed at E3 next month? I sure hope so. READ MORE
If you missed Metro 2033 you owe it to yourself to give it a go. Just ignore what people are whining about, like the lackluster combat, and dive right in to this truly fantastic game. I’ll admit I missed it when 2033 released last year, in fact I only picked it up a few days ago out of sheer boredom and the rare time where I found myself in a game store with actual monies. Eight hours of sewer treading, mutant slaying action later and I can officially say that I’m in love with the game. Sure, the gunplay is pretty bad, sometimes awful, and the AI can easily take your ass out with a well placed headshot from no less than a mile away, but it’s still amazing. It’s also one of the most atmospheric games I’ve had the pleasure of playing in quite some time.
A sequel to the game was announced last year and it originally had the unfortunate title of Metro 2034. Thankfully, they’ve decided to go with something a little more original, and not to mention a lot less confusing, with the new title of Metro: Last Light. Not much else is known about the game other than the possibility of it also being in 3D, and that could be pretty cool (if only I was lucky enough to own a 3D TV).
Update: Just to clarify, this was an April Fool’s Day joke. All of you who stole this story and credited Screen Gems, serves you right.
Like them or not, the Resident Evil films are incredibly successful and after last year’s Afterlife broke every box office record set by its predecessors, Screen Games quickly began planning a fifth film. Today, the official title and logo for the film, dubbed Resident Evil: Begins was unveiled. The fifth film was originally thought to be a sequel to Afterlife, but it would seem Screen Gems has decided to go with the long-rumored reboot of the series. Begins was rumored to be a reboot of the entire film franchise, where it would possibly take the series back to its horror roots (something the gaming community has wanted the Resident Evil video games to do for quite some time), and now that’s been officially confirmed.
Begins takes us back to 1998 when it all started and before the events in first Resident Evil film. It stars Milla Jovovich as Alice, before she became a super-powered heroine alongside Sienna Guillory, who was confirmed last month to be reprising her role as Jill Valentine. For the first time in the series’ history Alice will not be the main character. Instead Begins will follow Ms. Valentine as she finds herself in the midst of the major viral outbreak caused by Umbrella. Not enough for you? Head past the break for more. READ MORE
Update: Just to clarify, this was an April Fool’s Day joke (As if you didn’t know this already).
Dead Island was only just revealed back in February but it would seem publisher Deep Silver definitely have plans for a sequel in the very near future. Our sources claim that Dead Island will lay the ground for its sequel, a project that’s supposedly a far more ambitious game. Apparently, after seeing the insane amount of hype the Dead Island’s trailer received when it went viral they already have a followup in the works with the tentative (or possibly final) title of Dead Island 2.
No details on whether or not Dead Island 2 will continue the story told in the first game, which I might add is still quite a ways from coming out, but I’m all for some more zombie action, so long as it’s good. What about you? Is this a little too soon to start talking about sequels for games that aren’t anywhere near coming out? READ MORE
It’s about time we hear something about that Prey sequel. The first game was released way back in 2006 and brought us gravity bending, alien butchering gameplay with creepy organic weapons and nasty vagina doors. I can only hope Prey 2 will have all that and more, but we won’t know until the next issue of French magazine Joystick (what’s up with the French gaming magazines getting all the exciting exclusives?? as it looks like the game will be their cover story.
I really enjoyed the first Prey so I’m amped to see what Bethesda does with the next installment in the series. Hopefully they polish the story a bit while retaining the horror vibes the first game had. So many games these days feature some sort of human on alien action but it’s rare for the aliens to be fairly terrifying. Prey was like Doom just with Native Americans and more interesting weapons. Head past the break to see the full cover and if you missed the first game but are afraid to Google search ‘vagina door’, I’ve included a screen of exactly what I’m talking about, also after the jump. READ MORE
As we all patiently wait for the long awaited sequel that may or may not ever come, there is some rather slimy news on the Ghostbusters front that might make the wait a little more bearable. Game Hunters got an exclusive first look at an upcoming game in the much loved series. Come spring we’ll be getting a much needed dose of ghostbustin’ action with Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime, an arcade adventure game you can play with your friends locally or online.
2009′s Ghostbusters: The Video Game reunited the cast from the films and gave us all a hefty shot of nostalgia that won’t be quite as potent since none of the films’ cast will be returning for this game. Sure that’s a little disappointing, so to make it up to us they’re promising massive boss fights and the chance to drive the Ecto-4WD! Head past the break for a few (incredibly exciting) screens. READ MORE
Earlier this year Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey, two of the key guys behind the original Dead Space, left Visceral Games to join Activision’s brand new Foster City, CA based studio, Sledgehammer Games. Well, according to Gamasutra, Sledgehammer is hard at work on a Call of Duty title that’s “set in the future” and will feature space marines.
I’m predicting a disappointing lack of vial organ-hungry aliens and strategic dismemberment in this future-set Call of Duty, but there’s still a small chance this as of yet unannounced game could be set in the horror genre. Imagine the possibilities: a horror game with Call of Duty’s pedigree and polish. Sure, there are plenty of high quality horror titles out there but I’m from the school of thought that says we could always use more. So why not hit that attractive Read More button for a full report on this series’ lustrous future? I bet it’ll be worth your while. READ MORE
Usually a game has to receive favorable reviews and/or sell well for a sequel to get the green light. This makes the announcement of a sequel for Wet a little surprising since despite average reviews it didn’t sell terribly well, but even more surprising is the reveal of a Naughty Bear 2. Naughty Bear was pretty damn awful, despite the idea of the game’s focal point being a sadistic stuffed animal that likes murdering other bears, as a game it was essentially broken.
But poor sales and less than positive reviews don’t seem to be a strong enough reason for the newly dubbed studio Behaviour Interactive (previously the unfortunately named Artificial Mind and Movement) to not continue the two series. Oh yeah, Artificial Mind and Movement’s CEO Rémi Racine realized how bad his studio’s name was so he changed it to something that rolls off the tongue a little easier. READ MORE
With Lords of Shadows barely out and our review incoming, the game has received a solid amount of acclaim so far. Speaking with a Spanish radio station the game’s composer, Oscar Araujo outed that the game’s sequel is already in development.
It’s hardly surprising that a gorgeous game in an established franchise that’s garnered very positive reviews would get a sequel, it’s just surprising we’re hearing about it so soon. Read Araujo’s tease after the jump. READ MORE
The video games industry is an unforgiving world where highly anticipated games can be canceled without warning, or even worse, they can be thrown into the dread video game limbo. The fate of those who find themselves in the latter category rarely survive, instead fans are strung along for years with the promise of a release until the game meets its inevitable fate.
Unfortunately, Development Hell strikes horror games just as often, if not more so, than other genres. The most likely cause of this is how shaky the genre is, where long in development titles like Alan Wake get great reviews and tons of hype before falling short in the sales department. Then there are titles like Resident Evil that breaks all expectations, and surprise hits like BioShock. So if there’s a game you’ve been looking forward to for some time, read on to see the fifteen horror titles we’re foaming at the mouth to get our hands on. READ MORE
This has got to be some of the best news I’ve had the pleasure to gorge my innocent eyes upon in quite some time. According to an interview between Czech site Coupe.Cz and SH8 Lead Designer Mark Berka, Silent Hill 8, the upcoming multi-platform reboot of the long standing survival horror franchise is going to be “less action” and “more in line with the first games.”
This is great news for any fan of the more traditional survival horror genre that’s been quietly fading away over the past handful of years since the original Silent Hill games are widely considered to be the best of the franchise. More details from the interview as well as the trailer (in case you missed it) after the jump. READ MORE
It has been several years since the disaster at the Delos resort (events of “Westworld”), and Delos is ready to reopen, replacing Westworld with the new “Futureworld,” which is getting rave reviews. However, one of Delos’s most famous critics, reporter Chuck Browning, is still not convinced that Delos has cleaned up its act, especially after an informant with inside information about Delos is murdered. Chuck teams up with fellow reporter Tracy Ballard and goes to Delos to find out why his source was killed. What they discover is beyond any of their imaginations.