The obvious release date for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Day 1 Studios' F.E.A.R. 3 would have been right about now, considering millions of creepy children (and adults) will be seeking out scares over the weekend to celebrate Halloween. However, with the publisher in August bumping the game into 2011, Warner Bros. will still be capitalizing on Halloween by announcing the game's official release date: March 22, 2011.
As a second treat to fans looking forward to F.E.A.R. 3, WBIE also detailed the horror-themed first-person shooter's preorder bonuses, which will vary by retailer. Those who pick up the game in advance through Amazon will be offered an exclusive F.E.A.R. 3 12-page comic book, which was written by Steve Niles, illustrated by Stefano Raffaele, and produced by DC Comics. In it, gamers will find a prequel story to F.E.A.R. 3, set immediately after the original game.
GameStop and Best Buy preorderers will be offered exclusive in-game items. Best Buy buyers will be offered The Shredder, a high-powered sidearm designed to take down fast enemies. GameStop prepurchasers will gain access to The Hammer, which was wielded by the original game's antagonist, Paxton Fettel, and has a high damage output.
F.E.A.R. 3 will be the third full-fledged installment in the first-person shooter series, which began in 2005. The forthcoming game will continue the franchise's storyline but will add an all-new "divergent co-op" mode that will let players assume the role of one of two characters. Players can step into the shoes of Point Man, the genetically engineered supersoldier who appeared in the first F.E.A.R., or his brother, the aforementioned Fettel, who has telekinetic powers.
In an effort to enhance the horror element of F.E.A.R. 3, Warner Bros. has enlisted horror film director John Carpenter to advise on development of the game. After coming to prominence with the 1978 cult hit Halloween, the filmmaker has been behind the camera on such cult hits as Escape From New York, the remake of The Thing, and They Live.
For more on F.E.A.R. 3, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.