Chronicles of Riddick redux confirmed for '07

[UPDATE 2] Assault on Dark Athena for PS3, 360 will contain visually reworked Escape from Butcher Bay plus new content, online multiplayer mode.

Next-gen consoles are getting a double shot of Riddick.

This weekend, SpikeTV's GameHead program confirmed rumors that a Chronicles of Riddick game is coming to next-gen consoles. Speaking with host Geoff Keighley, Sierra Entertainment executive producer Pete Wanat confirmed that The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is being developed for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Assault on Dark Athena will contain all the content from The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, which was a critical and commercial hit on the PC and original Xbox. It will also add new material that takes place after the previous game's titular jailbreak and feature reworked graphics.

"This isn't a case when we took the old-gen game and up-rezed it," said Wanat. "All the textures are being redone so it truly looks like a next-gen game." The producer also confirmed that developer Starbreeze, Universal Pictures, and Tigon Studios--Vin Diesel's game company--are all collaborating on the new game. Diesel himself is also doing new voice work for the expanded storyline.

Wanat also confirmed that the PS3 version of the game will take advantage of the console's motion-sensing Sixaxis controller. He called the controller "totally perfect" for the game's shiv-based prison combat, but did not elaborate. Wanat also dodged questions about whether or not Assault on Dark Athena would have a multiplayer component, saying only "it would be beneficial if it did in the era of Xbox Live."

[UPDATE 2] Early Wednesday, Sierra formally announced Assault on Dark Athena--and answered some of the questions Wanat left hanging. The game will indeed "for the first time in the Riddick universe, take action in intense multi-player combat." Sierra clarified that said MP mode would be online-enabled. Both the 360 and PS3 editions of Dark Athena will be released later this year.

Sierra also revealed some plot details about the game. "The game introduces the ominous Merc-ship Dark Athena, which sits silent like a marauding spider, awaiting helpless prey in the dark reaches of the galaxy," the publisher said in a statement. "Players must face a large, bloodthirsty operation led by the dreaded Captain Revas and her slaves-turned-controllable combat drones, storm though death-defying events and fight fierce enemies in a battle of malice and gore."

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samarh
samarh

Chronicles of Riddick

callus_thumbs
callus_thumbs

hmm play has a due date of 29/sep 08, though once you click the link it has 27/mar 09!...unlikely

kiaba13
kiaba13

Hope to god that someone picks this back up quickly.

DudeOfDamned
DudeOfDamned

On July 29, Activision Blizzard had announced that The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena along with eight other games in development had been dropped by Activision Blizzard, putting the future of the game into question...........is stated in wikipedia.........dunno if it means much.................still like the original tough and would like to see this one soon

necronaux
necronaux

Now July '08 and Activision is putting the Riddick franchise in limbo? Booo. I hope they resurrect it soon.

Acid_Burn_127
Acid_Burn_127

Cut the crap and tell us what we want to know! When is the release of this game?! This story is posted in 2007 but now it is 2008 and i have not seen any trailers or photos of assault on dark athena. So i ask you if you know when this game is gonna be released and i'm talking about the release in europe because i life in the Netherlands.

Miteme
Miteme

To be honest even if they just re-released the original on 360 I'd buy it, so I can't wait for the new content. But nothings been posted about Black Athena for ages so I'm screaming like everyone else "Where the hell is it?"

goslem25
goslem25

Where in the crap of time is this dang game!?

junglist101
junglist101

I've been looking forward to this now where is it

n3ck
n3ck

Whats happened to this game, the original was amazing, probably one of the greatest licensed games since Goldeneye.

maky22
maky22

I want some new news! I can't wait for this game.

disturbed12831
disturbed12831

this is my most awaited game i loved the movies cant wait for the next one and cant eait for this game

FunCrusher303
FunCrusher303

Old game new look seem's stupid, however with the new content (Whatever that may be) on top of the butcher bay title (Being one of the best Xbox games) and some multiplayer should make this one worthy.

Bakahashi
Bakahashi

Awesome, I think I won't bother buying the original game now, and wait for the remake, I think that is the best way for me to enjoy the game. Remakes can be great, take a look at Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes for example.

robbydeags
robbydeags

The original Riddick was amazing. The first game I can remember that used excessive obscenities (awesome!). I loved the obscene graffiti and hard prison life. They didn't water anything down, and I loved that so much. Fun game, can't wait for new with MULTIPLAYER!

hrah
hrah

That game was awesome, im going to get the new game and wish they had a sequel to the Chronicles of Riddick

muthsera666
muthsera666

The Riddick mythos has an almost unlimited amount of potential. However, while I did enjoy the Chronicles of Riddick, I admit that it could have been better. The ending was pretty sweet though. The re-release of the great Xbox games should be pretty sweet as well.

ronniepage588
ronniepage588

btw, whoever didn't like the necromonger storyline can eat crap. that made one of the most unique things ever in movies. when you watch chronicles of riddick, you have this whole history of how baddass riddick was and how his life was changed in the past in the sci-fi horror pitch black. yeah a horror movie. can you think of any other movie franchise that simply switched gears like that, going from a horror franchise to an adventure, and then adding kick ass games ontop of it. the necromongers also provide powerful background to riddicks life, like how they were responsible for the wipeout of riddicks entire race. and then at the end of the movie, he's riddick pretty much becoming the ruler of their entire race, which pretty much means he rules the universe now. i thought that was awesome.

ronniepage588
ronniepage588

wow, i absolutely love the riddick franchise. the riddick universe is totally awesome and the game was incredible, especially considering it was in the genre generally known as games based on movies and totally suck genre. also, it had some ground breaking technology and some very unique gameplay. it had normal mapping and a much better lighting system than doom or quake, and it came out months before both of those games. not to mention, it had a serious storyline directly connected to the movies. one key element in the story was riddicks ties with johns and the truth to how he got the badass reflector eyes. no he never had to pay 20 menthol kools. also, in the original release the was a making of the game feature and they explained deleted parts because of a time issue, so i'm really excited to get to play the ship escape part at the end of his escape and now this how new merc ship level. vin diesel is the man. for real, what other friggin action star has his own game company, not to mention, a highly talented to game company, and an entire franchise to base killer games on????

MiXZeo
MiXZeo

Just really hoping this time it has a multiplayer option...

triviumbass
triviumbass

this is great cos my original xbox broke,and instead of fixing it,because the 360 had more games and backwards compatibility,i bought that instead,so now i cant play one of my favorite games,but with the new one coming soon and more stuff in it, i think i can wait

HMQUZE
HMQUZE

its great game ever

WizengamotX
WizengamotX

Okay lets see here. XBOX CoR comes and it's a smash hit. They decide to give the PC an upgraded version with better graphics and new content. It's amazing. Now in 2007, three years later, they are re-releasing it again, but not for the PC, and only for the 360 and PS3. Why haven't I bought this game yet? Well I want to buy it for my PC but I'm not sure if an even better version will come out later, meaning I wasted my cash. I'm in no rush to buy this game, as I have 25 games I'm in progress right now. I'd just like to solidly know this is the last expansion for a game. Why not just come out with a sequel? Or an expansion instead of a game including all other previously released content!? If this does come out for the PC, will it be an expansion sold seperately for all those who already have Developers Cut? Or will it be a packaged game, meaning everyone who bought the original PC version is screwed? They are redoing the textures for a full upgrade, so I'm guessing the second, and I'm also guessing no PC version on their minds. Poo.

axeman87
axeman87

Hell yeh! Butcher Bay was mad! one of the best games ever, I cant wait for this. I just hope its as good as BB

riseofnations36
riseofnations36

Jeez , man . My list of PS3 games to buy is getting real crowded.

Wasup_Chuck
Wasup_Chuck

This is the best news I've heard all year. this game will blow us all away!

zbab
zbab

you should play this superb game

goobyman
goobyman

This is pretty awesome... I was thinking about buying this for my PC, having already played and beaten it on the Xbox... this is gonna be sweet. Hopefully the names won't be incredibly cheesy though... Necromongers... etc... that **** was dumb.

SoralinkGS
SoralinkGS

Great news for Xbox fans looking for another dose of this awesome game. Awesome news for Playstation fans looking to see what all the fuse was about.

neofied
neofied

I loved the 1st version and I can't wait for the new expanded version. When it came out around the same time as Doom 3, I was amazed. Personally I thought the game looked better and had much more depth than Doom 3. It's also the best Movie licensed game I've ever played. If they are remaking all the the textures, I think it could look fantastic. With new textures and normal maps on the models they could pretty close to the detail level of Gears of War. (I'm sure that comment will get me an earful from the GoW fan boys out there.)

A7Xfan
A7Xfan

My favorite Xbox game is getting multiplayer! I was reconsidering getting a 360 but after hearing this I'm convinced. This, Too Human, Halo 3, Gears, and Castle Crashers (Xbox Live Arcade) are the system sellers to me. So many shooters on 360...

mjl259
mjl259

Awesome news! I just rebeat butcher bay like a month ago and was re-awed by how perfect and ahead of its time that game was. Its even better knowing that the're revamping butcher bay, which everyone knew was a kick a$$ game, worthy of buying again just for that aspect, in addition to the bonus new content! Time to carve some inmates

mjl259
mjl259

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Pablo620
Pablo620

Meh, i hope bringing back last gen games to next gen consoles with updated graphics doesnt become a big trend. Im ok with a few titles here and there especially cause i never got to play Ninja Gaiden on Xbox but. Basically if its for the purpose of bringing in those who didnt play the 1st game in a series because it was exclusive to another console then im ok with it...like Sigma. Make sense? No. ok.

CMcCon342
CMcCon342

Should be great, very excited.

Rai
Rai

awesome!

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Chronicles of Riddick is one of the best Xbox games hope this one will be even better....:)

Fedele
Fedele

This is FANTASTIC NEWS - I loved Butchers Bay , and I had always thought that the game should had been made backwards compatible long ago. I will be definitely buying this new game!

yager124
yager124

Butchers Bay was a great game and with no doubt with this upgrade and add on it will make the game better. I will defiantly be thinking of buying this game.

RetroGameFanCom
RetroGameFanCom

I am very anxious to play this since i never got around to playing the original. For once it turned out in my favor since i will get to play a better version! So many games...so little time!

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

this game looked pretty good to begin with. i'm interested to see what they can do for the 360.