Clive Barker walling off Jericho

The Demonik debacle behind him, the horror <i>auteur</i> teams with Codemasters for new next-gen console and PC game.

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In 2001, author and filmmaker Clive Barker announced he was bringing his brand of macabre horror to another medium--games. The Hellraiser director teamed up with Electronic Arts to develop Undying, a grisly first-person PC shooter set in a haunted mansion in rural 1920s Ireland.

Barker lounges in his Pirates of Penzance costume.

In 2005, Barker announced a partnership with Majesco Games and Tiger Hill Entertainment, John Woo's game company, for Demonik, an Xbox 360 action game that would be developed alongside a feature film of the same name. But less than a year later, Majesco abruptly pulled out of the premium games market. As a result, Demonik was abruptly canceled, casting doubt over the future of Barker's promising game career.

Today, a Hollywood Reporter article revealed that Barker is once again reentering the game world. This time, he is teaming up with British developer Codemasters for Jericho, a "Mature-rated title, set for release in late 2007" on PCs and unspecified next-generation consoles.

According to the Reporter, the game will follow a "special forces squad trained in conventional warfare and arcane arts" on a "perilous quest to reach the innermost chamber of a mysterious place called Jericho, wherein lurks evil incarnate."

Jericho itself will be made up of a layered maze, according to Barker. "I don't want to give too much away just yet, but the concept is that somewhere in northern Africa there is a walled city which is not just a walled city but walls within walls within walls," Barker told the Reporter. "It's like Russian dolls, spaces within each other, and trapped inside each space is a slice of time where the warriors of good have gone against ultimate evil and have lost."

The "warriors" in question will be soldiers from different time periods throughout history. The first levels will contain modern soldiers, while the latter levels will foster more ancient warriors imbued with magical powers. "Some are evil, some are not, and you have to make up your own mind," Barker said. As the game turns to more primitive combat, "it becomes a more primal experience as well, because the means of combat become cruder and the people become in a way simpler," said the author.

Discussion

64 comments
cosmothehound
cosmothehound

never mind. that said bram stokers dracula. hahhah

cosmothehound
cosmothehound

did he make clive barkers dracula too. because that game was FUN.

Primaroo
Primaroo

Undying is scary now as it's been then...doom 3,fear and them kinda games just look hilarious compared to it and that's cuz Undying is a scary game of fact,not of occasion like the other. hope this one will be just as good :D

Zirocrath
Zirocrath

I'm a big fan of Barker's comics and movies. Loved Undying, and I still remember it as the only game that made me hold my breath at each step. I'm not missing this next release of the master of the horror experience

Tungsten88
Tungsten88

Looks cool, I hope it's not a letdown as so many games of late have been.

angkawsw
angkawsw

Horror!! primal experience!! niceee >.

Akira_Tenshi
Akira_Tenshi

omg game looks good but it looks sick, well scary. I dont know, might be a bit much for me lol. Might check it out if im feeling brave.

e1337prodigy
e1337prodigy

Read about this in a few mag's. Read some more on here and it sounds awesome.

termadoyle
termadoyle

Clive Barker is my favorite horror writer and since his UNDYING game is still one of my favorite games, I'm sure he'll deliver the goods. GO CLIVE! GO! :X

woef
woef

another game which you can play in the dark.......... WOOT

LionBeast
LionBeast

If Clive Barker will do this horror, I will play it! I Love his work, Undying, Hell Raser... That are the stuff that misterys and night mares are made of. Cant Wait. Ps. Pin Head still give me the chills when i watch him tear flesh a part. Brrrrrrr...

slayersdeath200
slayersdeath200

i loved Undying this title better be as good or even better the screen shots look impressive lets hope the game play is as well

RobertBowen
RobertBowen

Although they mention a 'maze', I hope the gameplay isn't just rat-in-a-maze linearity, and offers some elbow room for exploration. I don't think I can handle too many more corridor-crawls. Having said that, I did enjoy Undying, so if this game can achieve similar quality of gameplay and story, it should be good.

ChocoboHater2
ChocoboHater2

First game I've seen that makes me want a 360... Otherwise I wasn't too impressed with next-gen consoles. I am a huge fan of Undying!

Zeppelin17
Zeppelin17

Screens are macabre so far. Hope the game too

granposho
granposho

sounds like fear to me... Loved undying though

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

They shall march around the walls 7 times and then they shall FALLL

polsci1503
polsci1503

I'll keep an eye on this to see how it develops...

nobeaner
nobeaner

Undying should definitely go under the Massively Underappreciated Games list. At least the first 3/4 of it. The last part just got a little too hokey. Im looking forward to anything Clive Barker wants to do simply because of Undying.

DeityCode
DeityCode

Should Undying go on the list of Massively Underappreciated Games?? I have never heard of it (that doesn't mean much) until today! Too bad about Demonik...cool name. Putting the 'k' in really pushes the 'annihilated by a bloodthirsty demon' terror/feel of it all. (Like Cali for California becomes Kali...if you know your Hindu pantheon...well, 'nuff said...I just love those 'k' substitutions) This new effort has mass potential!!

Icekxg
Icekxg

Demonik didn't look too bad on Grandma's Boy

chrisark
chrisark

Wasn't Demonik the game that was being developed in the movie Grandma's Boy by the main character Alex (Allen Covert)?

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

YEAH... mature game. Barker is a great director and game designer.

nix6six6
nix6six6

awesome, Clive is my favorite author/director, I've read almost all of his books.

thatguytony
thatguytony

I'll keep my fingers crossed. I'm a big Baker fan and loved Undying, lets just hope Codemasters doesn't make a crap game out of a cool idea.

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

Looks like Barker is re-visiting the Labyrinth-like hell from Hellbound: Hellraiser 2.

azizrulez
azizrulez

I hope its like undying and defies everything when it comes out creepy and all

Pickles16
Pickles16

demonik was going to b better

ShinkoItansha
ShinkoItansha

I have high hopes for this game. Undying is one of my favorite computer games ever, though I gotta admit the last boss was bull.

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

This sounds great. Having been a fan and avid reader of his books (remember this lost skill?) and having played Undying, Barker's imagination kicks! Parts of Oblivion world looks like what Barker has written about in his books.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Awesome! Undying was simply was one of the best FPSes ever! I can't wait!

kittencrusher
kittencrusher

I'm highly fascinated by the Pirates of Penzance costume!

Neoyamaneko
Neoyamaneko

So what's the over/under on Barker walking off this project and then disavowing it, as is his M.O.?

xxcommixx
xxcommixx

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