F.E.A.R. 3 horrifying March 22

WBIE and Day 1's spooky shooter given early spring release date on Xbox 360, PS3, PC; preorder deals detailed.

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.

Spring, and blood, will be in the air when F.E.A.R. 3 hits retail shelves.

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.

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49 comments
kjk07
kjk07

It's a new F.E.A.R. so I'm buying it, end of story. If it sucks I'll be disappointed but I Loved F.E.A.R. and F.E.A.R. FILES , Liked F.E.A.R. 2 and the DLC, So this is a MUST HAVE. God Bless that it's Day 1 Studios too!

JaZerGames
JaZerGames

People seem to be really upset about the more action/less horror in F.E.A.R.3. I'm sure from an editing standpoint, the commercials are showcasing the action to receive a bigger audience appeal. And like the past five games, there will be a good balance between horror and action.

CyberX115
CyberX115

The mech sequences in FEAR 2 were alot of fun and I'm glad they're returning in FEAR 3, but I hope they focus on what made FEAR 1 so special... Alma and the creepy atmosphere the game was able to create.

shoota28
shoota28

ive played all of the f.e.a.r games so far except for the f.e.a.r 2 dlc. and they all was extremely good. looking forward to f.3.a.r

Valdog
Valdog

@valen_ca the experience isnt so much changed by a pre-order bonus you may receive. its more of a slight addition than a full change. more often then not (at least in my experiences) these pre-order bonus items are far from necessary in a game and dont really add much besides "ooo, look what i have that you dont" but if you know youre going to get a game, a freebie never hurts

renesito
renesito

They keep running away from what FEAR1 was all about.

rodman1
rodman1

The reason FEAR 2 did not live up to the 1st you ask. Becouse it was developed around the console in mind and not the pc. When a developer makes a game for the pc the sky is the limit. When one has to develope a game around a console and its limits, you end up with games like FEAR 2. FEAR 3 will be much the same. Not to say one can't make a great game for a console, being on the pc first will not make things easy in terms of moving forward with a sequel.

Kendojin
Kendojin

Well at least they escaped the over saturated Fall market outside of that Crysis 2 may still kill them.

NejiKusa
NejiKusa

The Thing, They Live, Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York, and Escape From L.A. John Carpenter is boss, will get the game just for him!

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Am I the only one kind of annoyed that the gaming experience that you have with a game is being more and more influenced by where you buy the game?

Smoothy08
Smoothy08

I played the first FEAR and yeah it was scary but it was just a bog standard, generic shooter and i haven't bothered to invest in any of the others.

pudgexd
pudgexd

Oh wait , I thought F.E.A.R is a horror theme FPS? Whats with the explosions and mecha ? "horrifying March 22" misleading?

PAL360
PAL360

I wonder what does this has to do with F.E.A.R.?

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

never really been interested in this series

macca366
macca366

Fear 1 was good. I missed Fear 2. I don't feel any desire to pick this up unfortunately, and I'll be getting Dead Space 2 for my horror fix

solidine
solidine

FEAR 2 killed my interest in the series. Teh only reason I have any interest in this is because John Carpenter is THE MAN.

olderlady
olderlady

Contrary to all the opinions on here, I will pre-order this game.I liked both 1&2 for different reasons.I like FPS, whilst the scary element in 1 added to this I preferred 2 I am also looking forward to Killzone 3- not played Crysis-is this worth getting?

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

This game is going to be awful. Really bad. They screwed up FEAR 2 and they'll take it to the next level with this. Here's a pro tip for you guys, even though it's now far too late, MAKE CHARACTERS WE GIVE A DAMN ABOUT AND MAKE A STORY WE CAN FOLLOW.

lithus
lithus

I don't know about you, but the "Scary girl with wet black hair" lost it's appeal about 3 years ago when "The Ring" came out and we already played Fear 1 and 2....time to move on...

Phooey442
Phooey442

are they trying to fail? releasing the game on the same day Crysis 2 comes out....are they trying to kid themselves and think there game can compete with that?

BloodMist
BloodMist

Just hurry up and release this obvious atrocity and get it over with already.

nohabs
nohabs

I loved 1. Missed 2

akdiuuuryttt
akdiuuuryttt

go back to how fear 1 worked and it will probaly be good

GeneralArrow
GeneralArrow

@metalkid9 I love the idea of Co-Op and mechs have always been in fear at least to a degree, the whole reason why they wanted to put them i was because so many people wanted to get inside the battle suits of the first fear. Secondly, Co-Op is going to make this game amazing. Also, FEAR 2 was fantastic they just changed the fear up on you the more times you played through it.

blackfray
blackfray

I give you my word: this is gonna be another failed sequel...again.

mAArdman
mAArdman

I did not know they were also including a new version of Mechwarrior with this.

StiffZombie
StiffZombie

I really liked F.E.A.R. and I love the bullet-time effects. F.E.A.R. 2 was mediocre in every way and the campaign was way too short. After watching all of the video for this game I have given up on the franchise. The co op looks pretty bad and the game overall looks lame. I'll be surprised if this gets good reviews.

DKant
DKant

Is it just me, or are games looking gamier than EVER these days? I mean, I got REALLY put off by that mech intro animation. It seems like a distant memory when developers were striving hard to achieve a degree of realism (Valve through animations, Crytek through awesome pixel-mashing). Remember the incredible atmosphere F.E.A.R had? And it's not like they were doing it because everybody else was. The environments, the feel they were going for completely worked for the game. It seems like there was a period when several games took themselves very seriously and strived really hard to achieve a certain tone. These days it's just about being fast and fun and a "game" before everything else. I know that sounds odd, but I mean there is more focus now on old school rewards, or visuals tweaked to offer feedback (thus indirect rewards) rather than achieving an atmosphere/tone. You can see the difference between HL 2 and Ep2 as well. HL2 was reserved, slow to get moving and very careful and deliberate (for better or worse) with its pacing. Ep2 on the other hand just explodes in your face, and still retains the signature Half-Life moments of drama and humor - and is incredibly awesome for that. But there is a definite tonal difference there. While in HL's case I love what happened as a result of that, a bunch of games seem tp lose out in the process. Like in Rainbow Six Vegas, the water in the dam level looked absolutely horrendous, yet noone seemed to mind. It makes me sad.

LazyGamerX
LazyGamerX

I really hope they work on the horror aspect for this game, the first was scary as hell but the second one sucked in that regard.

metalkid9
metalkid9

I was very disappointed when I heard they're gonna put mechs and co-op in the game but I'm still gonna give it a try even though it's been going downhill since the last game. I wouldn't say it's a bad game but if you enjoyed the original it's definitely worth a try

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Still haven't played either FEAR yet. If they go on a good sale on Steam I will get them I guess.

D1zzyCriminal
D1zzyCriminal

The original FEAR wasnt about the scares. It was about creating a fantastic atmosphere and having unrivaled gunplay to blast away clones. The only other game that has made shooting a gun so fun is Doom, and thats for completely different reasons. FEAR 2 gave all that up and basically made a scary Call of Duty game, which had none of the magic of the original, and sold out for a "Mainstream" market. Its like Paranormal activity turning into Final Destination (best analogy I can think of)

SneekyRatchet
SneekyRatchet

this is gonna be a huge fail just like fear2 was

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Should be a good game when it is finally released, the first two were awesome.

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

None of these FEAR3 vids look scary. Why couldn't they just get Monolith to make the third one also, they know how to make scary games. AVP2 - the only good AVP game so far. FEAR1 - no comments necessary. FEAR2 - well it wasn't as good as 1 but still offered more spooks than your average horror game. Keep offering more preorder bonuses but I think I'll wait for the reviews to come in before deciding to get this one.

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

if they can bring back the magic of FEAR 1 then this could be somethin sweet

votc200
votc200

Sweeet :D I really hope this turns out as good as the original fear, or atleast has that same creepy overall aspect to it :)

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I just want F.E.A.R 3 to be more like the original, and less like that shoddy game 2 was.... however, with it being called F.3.A.R, I'm not holding out hope. That title smacks of some poorly aimed marketing ploys, so the gameplay likely has followed the same garish route. What a shame :(

yoshilxb
yoshilxb

Everything looks great for this game, but the actual gameplay.....not my type...

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

Idk what to think of this game. The graphics and gameplay look incredible and coop seems fun, but I dont see how playing as Paxton can possibly be scary. Thats what worries me more than anything else, if this game turns out to be like F.E.A.R. 2 (good shooting, little scares). Honestly though, I'd buy this over Killzone 3 hands down, so the release date doesnt matter to me.

PokemonBoy92
PokemonBoy92

I can't wait for the game but.. From what i saw it looks good but it does not seem like the first F.E.A.R game! The first was fun and at times scary but then the second came out it was okay... I really hope this one goes back the roots of the first one and brings scary back! :)

brian_13un
brian_13un

Sure it will be obliterated by Those Game because the F.E.A.R series is growing backwards

Quietpower09
Quietpower09

Warner Bros. Entertainment should release FEAR 3 this month since Halloween is around the corner. Besides, I won't be surprised if FEAR 3 is going to result as a disappointment like its previous predecessors and expansions.

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

Why would they even consider releasing this the same day as Crysis 2?

F-14-D_TOMCAT
F-14-D_TOMCAT

Could not have picked a worse release date, Killzone 3 n Crysis 2 are coming out Feb 22 and March 22 respectively and both will absolutely annihilate any other fps that stands in the way.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

F.E.A.R. series more and more become dumbed down by Warner Bros. I dunno yet, probably because they're not supported F.E.A.R. 3 with decent developer like Monolith who previously worked on this title. but honestly the trailer looks reeaaallly lame. judging from the trailers this series gonna flop harder. hope I'm wrong :?