Apparently, there have been some rumors circulating about the Internet that the teen slasher game Until Dawn had been cancelled. They may have stemmed from an email Amazon sent out to those who had pre-ordered the game, which detailed the alleged cancellation — this may have started here.
Having just confirmed the contrary back in October, I was worried something had happened. The games industry is often unpredictable; it’s certainly not unheard of for a game to suddenly get canned, especially if it’s been silent for some time. In hopes of figuring out what’s going on, I emailed Pete Samuels, managing director at developer Supermassive Games, to find out if there was any truth to it.
Of all the horror games I get emails asking for an update on, the teen slasher inspired horror title Until Dawn seems to be the one many of you are most curious of. A promising video game getting lost in development limbo isn’t an uncommon occurrence in this industry, so when one goes quiet for an extended period of time, it’s easy to add it to the list of canned horror games that grows every year. Thankfully, Until Dawn isn’t among them.
If you’re a gamer, you’re undoubtedly already fully aware of how stupefyingly awesome last week was. If you’re not a gamer, than let me take a second to fill you in. Last week, nearly every video game company in the country migrated to Los Angeles so they could spend a few days blowing our minds.
They did this by showing off new hardware — including a saucy battle between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — and announcing tons of exciting new games. Among these big reveals were a myriad horror games, both from indie developers and high profile publishers, that all look absolutely terrifying. Unfortunately, even though we saw from the likes of Daylight, Outlast, Dying Light and Dead Rising 3 — there were still many highly anticipated games that didn’t make an appearance.
After the break I have eight horror games I really wanted to see more from last week, but didn’t. Check them out, and let me know what I missed in the comments!
If you’re craving a scare or two then boy, are you in luck. There’s a wealth of horror games releasing over the next two years that should appeal to every type of horror fan. From big budget action horror games like The Evil Within and Dying Light to psychologically scarring indie releases like Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Outlast, and even a few more experimental horror games, like The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and whatever Basement Crawl is all about.
We won’t know which horror games will make an appearance until next week when E3 officially kicks off, but that won’t keep us from voting on what we’d most like to see from the event. After the break you can do just that. Let us know which horror games you’re most anticipated for and if I left something out that you’re particularly excited for, feel free to set me straight in the comments. I can take it.
What’s in the box (art)?!
Last August, Supermassive Games unveiled their PS3 exclusive stab at the teen slasher subgenre with Until Dawn. It looked good, except for that whole PlayStation Move bit. I have nothing against the Move, but requiring the peripheral to play the game places a pretty substantial limit on your audience.
Today, the game’s box art was revealed, and where I was expecting it to say “PS Move required” it actually says “PS Move compatible” That’s not necessarily a solid confirmation on whether or not it will require the peripheral, but it gives those of us who never bought a Move some hope. I’ll update when Sony confirms either way. In the meantime, you can feast your eyes on the box art, in all its broken flashlight glory, after the jump.
THE RESULTS ARE IN!
It’s that time of the year again, folks! I hope you aren’t too tired from all the egg nogging, snowman crafting, slay bell jingling, and sloppy mistletoe kissing you undoubtedly put yourself through last month, because we have some voting to do. For the unfamiliar, the FEAR Awards is something we started here at Bloody Disgusting back in 2009 when we realized there are a ton of best and worst games lists and awards, but none that gave much attention to the horror genre. We decided to create this so we could celebrate the many horror (and horror adjacent) games that release every year.
This year we’re doing things a little differently. Every day we’re going to post a category and a batch of nominees for you to vote on, then when the votes are tallied we’ll reveal the results. Today we’re asking which horror game that’s releasing this year has you the most excited — vote after the break!
The Halloween trailers just keep coming! Until Dawn is an intriguing horror game because it’s heavily inspired by teen slasher flicks like Halloween and Friday the 13th, with a little Saw thrown in. In it, eight teens are being hunted by someone, or something. It looks creepy enough, and while I haven’t jumped on the PlayStation Move bandwagon, this might end up being the game that changes my mind about it. Might be. Check out its unsettling (and heavily Saw-inspired) Halloween trailer after the break.
If I had to use a word to describe this countdown, I’d choose epic. I might also choose foamy because that’s a word I never get to use outside of Starbucks, where I like to yell “MAKE IT EXTRA FOAMY” at the barista. Yeah, I like my foam. As great as this year has been for horror fans, 2013 looks like it might be even better. That’s crazy, seeing as we’ve had three Silent Hills, three Resident Evils, two Alan Wakes (sort of), The Walking Dead, and a bunch of other games that all released with the sole purpose of making our lives just a wee bit better. Oh, and money. Actually, that was their main purpose.
Check out our epic conclusion to our countdown of the twelve horror games you should definitely have on your radar after the break.
There’s a new horror game in the works, and in a sea of sequels and zombie games, this one aims to do something a little different. It’s called Until Dawn, and it follows seven teens who face unspecified horrors over the course of one terrifying night in the woods. Your goal is to keep them alive, and from the looks of it, that probably won’t be too easy a task. The only down side is it’s coming to the PlayStation Move. I’m not knocking its PS3 exclusivity, I’m just a little bummed we’ll have to put up with flailing our arms about to play the game. Hopefully it’ll be great, and if it’s debut trailer is anything to go by, it might just be. Check out its announcement trailer after the break.