This year’s E3 has come and gone, ushering in the second half of what so far has been a ridiculously good year for horror games. It’ll be interesting to see what the latter half of 2015 has in store for us, and whether or not it’ll be able to match the deluge that we insatiable fans of the genre have enjoyed for a solid six months.
Unfortunately, as spectacular as last week was to be a gamer, there were some notable absences that left me wondering if we’ll see all of the horror games that were previously confirmed for 2015.
Arguably the biggest surprise of them all is a game that’s just three months away.
Friday the 13th: The Video Game
Where you at, Jason? We’ve heard nothing from him in the six months that have gone by since it was revealed that a mysterious developer would be bringing us our first Friday the 13th game in over two decades. This game was supposed to join Until Dawn in kicking off a new era of slasher video games, but I don’t see that happening this year seeing as we still know very little about it.
Unofficial Status: Quiet. Too quiet. Don’t be surprised if this gets moved to 2016. Maybe it’ll be ready in time to catch the first Friday the 13th of the year (May 13).
Last Year has been quiet since its developer ran into copyright issues back in January. How much of an impact that whole mess had on its development remains to be seen. The team behind it has been fairly consistent in providing updates to their backers on Kickstarter, where the game raised about $83,000 last year.
Summer Camp wasn’t at E3 either, but I’ve been assured that it’s still coming.
Unofficial Status: Backer rewards mention a November 2016 ETA, so it may be aiming for something closer to a fall 2016 release.
Frogwares’ Call of Cthulhu
When Magrunner: Dark Pulse developer Frogwares first announced their plans to make a new Call of Cthulhu two Januaries ago, they did so quietly, with concept art. Clearly, the game wasn’t far enough along for a trailer, but I would’ve expected it to have reached that point by now, 18 months after its initial reveal. I fear this game has been cancelled.
Unofficial Status: Worried. Frogwares hasn’t mentioned canning it, even if that does seem to be the fate that befalls most Lovecraftian games. I’m going to take the wait and see approach with this one.