Showing posts with label Psychological Horror. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Psychological Horror. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Alan Wake TV Series Confirmed

Showrunner Pete Calloway joins on board for developing a live-action TV series on Alan Wake franchise.

Video game movies have a rough history of failing to please a larger audience or even dedicated fans. So, adapting the story to a small scale for television is a less risky venture.

With every other successful games are being adapted into TV series for Netflix or other major channels, atmospheric adventure-horror title Alan Wake is announced to be made into a live-action series for television, which is confirmed today by developer studio Remedy Entertainment and Contradiction Films.

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Alan Wake TV Series Confirmed

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Sam Lake, who originally conceived the plot for the game will be serving as executive producer while Peter Calloway (Cloak & Dagger, Legion) will join him on board as showrunner. A number of studios are interested to pick up the pitch and they want to start shooting by October.

Despite having popularity among fans and selling over 4.5 million copies, the game never got a true sequel it deserved but there was a short standalone release titled Alan Wake's American Nightmare, which came out in 2012.



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Tomas Harlan, a member of Contradiction Films had to say the following about the show during this announcement.

Alan Wake was basically a TV series that was put into a game. That was Sam’s vision. It was influenced by The Twilight Zone,’ Secret Window, Hitchcock, Northern Exposure and a lot of U.S. television. We plan to work closely with Sam on this show. Sam is a huge part of this. This is his baby.

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Alan Wake is an action-adventure game with horror elements that came out on PC and Xbox 360 platform in 2010. The game followed the story of best-selling author Alan Wake who has been suffering from a writer's block for some time and to get rid of it, he takes a vacation tour with his wife Alice to a small town in Washington.

Things started to go awry as his wife gets abducted by mysterious forces and he starts experiencing events from his last novel that he has no memory of writing.

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Alongside the titular character, his friend Barry Wheeler, wife Alice and Sheriff Sarah Breaker may also appear on the show. The episodic nature of the title is what inspired the studio to get involved in the television project.

How it unfolded the psychological thriller aspects to players are the same way, the creators are willing to approach the show. The game’s creator, Sam Lake said in 2015 that he has big plans in mind regarding the game aside from a sequel and probably this is what he meant.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Konami Shuts Down Silent Hills P.T Remake

Publisher Konami has taken down the fan-made Silent Hills P.T Remake by a 17-year-old game developer.

In an attempt to reinvent Silent Hills franchise, video game publisher studio Konami roped in Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) for a collaboration. They came up with P.T. or "Playable Teaser" in 2014 but then suddenly got scrapped even before Kojima left the company. For long it stayed on PlayStation store but was pulled from there in 2015. However, it still existed in places and one recent form was a latest PC port by a dedicated fan.

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Konami Shuts Down Silent Hills P.T Remake

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A 17-year-old game developer going by the name Qimsar has taken over a herculean task of doing a complete remake of the first-person psychological horror for PC. He self-taught himself to do it by using Unreal Engine 4 and have done a commendable job making a port of the game for PC, so that players who have missed out the opportunity to play P.T. on first place can still enjoy it. His attempt of recreating one of the scariest gaming moments in history met with positive response too.

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However, as he was offering this downloadable build to everyone for free on GameJolt, Qimsar expressed concerned over the possibilities of Konami wanting to take it down anytime like any other fan-made games and the bell is finally rung. After his version of the remake gets coverage on social media and gaming sites, his project got the boot and is permanently removed when Konami reached out to him regarding the matter. This doesn't make sense as there are plenty of P.T. remakes still out there.

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Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro

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On GameJolt, Qimsar has detailed the entire phone conversation he had with one of the company representative before taking down the game and they were apparently very nice about the whole thing. Although his game had to be taken down for legal issues but the company stuffs were really impressed seeing his effort. So, they tried to make up for his endeavors by offering him an internship at Konami, which is super cool for him or anyone you know.

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Silent Hill series from the 90's had been a staple for horror-fans but after Silent Hill 2, the latter titles were not able to bring back the nightmarish charm it had. Considering P.T. was downloaded over 1,000,000 times, they could've gone with it with their eyes closed. Before the original "Playable Teaser" went to development hell, actor Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints, The Walking Dead) was involved with it as well. Currently, he and director del Toro are involved in Kojima's upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive action game Death Stranding.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Silent Hills P.T Remake for PC by Fan

Thanks to a dedicated fan, first-person psychological horror game Silent Hills "Playable Teaser" is being remade and available to play for free!

Before video game legend Hideo Kojima got busy with upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive action game Death Stranding, he was involved in creating a "playable teaser" for Silent Hills alongside film director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water), which got cancelled eventually. P.T. demo was removed from PlayStation Store upon Kojima's departure from Konami. If you haven't gotten that in time, there were no hope for you to have it but apparently, now you can.

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Silent Hills P.T Remade for PC by Fan

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A 17-year-old developer Qimsar is currently working on building a complete remake of the game for PC, so that everyone has a chance to enjoy this cult classic. Of course, it is still on alpha state, the demo looks pretty scary as it should. He also added a shout out to a recently deceased sensational rapper in the very beginning. Qimsar added disconnected movement style, quick changes in camera angles and the hallway that keeps creating loops as it redecorates itself.

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Take a brief look at the current state of P.T. remake below by Unreal Engine 4. Although it is in early stages, his work has managed to garner positive feedback for recreating one of the scariest moments of gaming history.




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He made quite an impressive progress with the project that is sure to please many P.T. fans. His works and titanic efforts are being appreciated in Reddit threads by community. With brief experience with the Unreal Engine, he has worked hard for about 140 hours to build it up while self-teaching himself many aspects as well. A downloadable build is currently available on GameJolt for free a port of P.T. If anyone is interested to try it out, they can feel free to go ahead and have a shot.

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The demo is now in v0.9, using almost all of the original assets but still far from complete. You will notice that there are no animations, some textures are missing and most importantly, no save feature is added to it yet. So expect nothing more than a simple play-testing until the debugging is complete. To get this port finished, he does need help from some animators to complete his work. Considering how much little experience this young developer had before starting the project, his achievement is quite baffling.

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The Crying Fetus

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Qimsar is very much aware that like any other fan-made games, the developers can takedown his project anytime if they want. However, he has stated that if Konami hits it with a copyright strike, he will personally upload the game to anyone who wants to take a spin while he keeps updating it. The original Playable Teaser dubbed as "7780s Studio" and had actor Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints, The Walking Dead) involved with the project from beginning until it was scrapped.