F.E.A.R. 3 retreats to May

WBIE confirms Day 1-developed survival horror shooter has been given two more months of development time on 360, PS3, PC.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Day 1 Studios are certainly being skittish about the release date for F.E.A.R. 3. Today, GameSpot confirmed with the publisher that the horror-steeped first-person shooter has been delayed for a second time, with its release date shifting from March 22 to sometime in May. Previously, the game had been scheduled to arrive for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC last fall.

Paxton Fettel's wanton murder of deliverymen could be a culprit here.

According to the WBIE representative, F.E.A.R. 3's delay was brought about as part of Day 1's effort to "deliver the best possible game for our consumers." The publisher issued no additional comment as to the state of the game's development.

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, Paxton 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.

F.E.A.R. 3 preorder incentives are currently available through online retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of F.E.A.R. 3.

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stretch412
stretch412

lets be for real here.. yes F.E.A.R. has been an awesome series.. and i can wait for this to finally release.. but I think the real reason for the delay is timing.. March 22.. this is the release of the third and much awaited Assassins Creed for PC.. and if that was not enough.. its also the release date for Crysis 2.. The biggest PC shooter game in waiting!! they didnt want to compete with these odds.. which is probably a good idea!!

spiderman120988
spiderman120988

Again?! The first one was excellent, I replayed it a lot, the second was good, only play it once in a while online. The third, well, we'll know in May!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@steelmouth The graphics for FEAR 1 were okay at the time, the first level genuinly scared the crap outa me though :p haha. It was brilliant. I wouldn't say the graphics are amazing anymore in comparison to newer games, but it's still deffo worth a play (rent if need be). Its just a shame the multiplayer never kicked off - it was a good laugh with all the gore!

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

at least they got rid of glowing enemies

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

@dbzpranav - I agree. First one is a classic. If you had the hardware back in 2005 for the PC it really was a gem of a title, very well balanced between graphics, gameplay and atmosphere. F.E.A.R 2 I thought wasn't as good either, something as you said was missing. I wanted the game to end sooner rather than later, which says something about the game. I hope the third one is good, but you never know..

Novemberfreeze
Novemberfreeze

im very interested to see how they attempt to retain the fear with co-op so if they need another 2 months i say give it to 'em. plenty of other games to keep us occupied. my main concern is how the new company will finish the story. hopefully, it doesnt deliver the story in some dull way that does little more than make you say: "they really could've done better than this." and also, seriously, correct the title. you're not clever putting the 3 like that -_-

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

it will "retreat" much more. like I said before: "no F.E.A.R. without Monolith"

Vozlov
Vozlov

The first did the atmosphere the best. The second did the combat way better, but the atmosphere suffered. I have a feeling this will hopefully be even better combat but ( not so hopefully ) at a cost again to the atmosphere.

dbzpranav
dbzpranav

First one was a classic...the second one was good on paper but something just seemed out of place..it just wasn't as satisfying, and sorry to be skeptical but this one looks ridiculous! Graphics look dated and horror film director or no I'm pretty sure a telekinetic powered character, more mech sequences and co-op don't spell horror from any angle...lets hope I'm wrong

steelmouth
steelmouth

@warhawk-geeby thanx but how is the FEAR1 graphics they not too old to spoil the game are they ohh and on the other threat am not disputing ps3 exclusives, they difinately bigger and better in 2011 and the x360 only have Gears (my personal favorate), ms need more AAA exclusives

RonTorque
RonTorque

The previous FEAR games rocked, i hope this one does what it's predecessors did.

Gomtor
Gomtor

I was glued to my PC screen with all the Fears. I cant wait for this

Darksonic666
Darksonic666

Why do they always delay games its starting to get annoying now.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@steelmouth FEAR 1 is amazing, FEAR 2 was kind of awful in comparison. I sure to hell hope this one is good again. The second one went more FPS focused rather than remaining a frightfest.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@jameslee1997 I did find that funny the first time (yesterday) now it's just getting annoying. It's on every thread!! Haha.

jameslee1997
jameslee1997

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steelmouth
steelmouth

i have never played a FEAR games and am difinately getting FEAR3 so should i get the 1st two,are they still worth playing Anybody?

makrishero
makrishero

i hope the co-op is good so my friends and i will have fan if the game is scary

ecw1983
ecw1983

Is i just me or is this game going to be a bad idea. Anyway will prob pick this up on PC

Xbox4Lover
Xbox4Lover

this games will be a bad ? where is the evil ?

DrKill09
DrKill09

Who cares? No Monolith = it's gonna suck! :roll:

DethSkematik
DethSkematik

All I want to say is...in the span of those two months, please change "F3AR" to "FEAR 3" ;)

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

Fear 1 was good, it was scary as hell and its expansions werent bad either, just didnt bring much new to the table. Fear 2 had hype and failed to deliver. i was a fan, fear 3 may or may not reinstall my faith. though the co-op is interesting. it will impact the scare sequences without a doubt

diabloakaSAHA
diabloakaSAHA

fear 2 wasnt fear 1 but it was still pretty good. Cant wait for this.

stuffyyo
stuffyyo

battlefield 3 is gonna get consolized too

dangamit
dangamit

Do you know why FEAR 2 sucked? Because it was consolized, you know, to make it more appealing to the casual gamers. They made the game easier, the AI was dumped down, extreme difficulty was removed. It's sad to see a game like FEAR getting raped by a punch of money hungry, casual gaming lunatics.

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

F.3.A.R? Oh I get it! They replaced the letter E with a 3! Now that's clever. Uh HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! :lol: No. :evil:

mos2000
mos2000

@blaze_adeel So right, my money's on Crysis 2 for 2011. They had no other choice

sstravisd
sstravisd

I have no problem with the delay, only 2 months anyway, as long as it delivers then I'll be happy. Huge fan of the F.E.A.R series so I'll definitely looking forward to this, hope it lives up to the hype.

ollism
ollism

Chills and scares replaced by shoot the hell out of everything? As well as Co-op, seems its pointing towards the masses rather than the fans? . . . Yes, I'm still bitter about FEAR2 :) I'll wait till it hits the bargain bin.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@dmdavenport I keep hearing that from people, that the atmosphere in Metro 2033 makes it worth the price of admission. Too many other great games taking up my time, but I am hoping there will be a lull point where I can fit it in. Thanks for the further recommendation. That settles it. It's the next game I pick up (after Dead Space 2, that is). It's in the queue!

ThunderLips7
ThunderLips7

I, for one, would like to thank Gamespot for calling the game F.E.A.R. 3 and not F.3.A.R. Hey Entertainment Industry, numbers aren't the same as letters.

metalkid9
metalkid9

As much as I think it won't be as good as fear 1 Im still looking forward to it. All fear games are always worth a try imo.

AceBalls
AceBalls

Looking forward to this :) Plenty of spare undies on standby!

Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

A game being delayed gives it a better chance of coming out without bugs and problems, so I don't have a problem with this.

darkstar_87
darkstar_87

i dont mind when they delay games, id rather a complete game than a rushed product that they have 2 fix with patches

Diernes
Diernes

Ok Moron's So the second game (and expansions to the first were not that good) But F.E.A.R remains on of the best all time PC shooters, (lets forget abut the consoles.) In fact I just finished playing it through on my new PC yet again. This game was YEARS ahead of any shooter at the time, it actually still kind is. Your beloved Call of duty series is trash compared to F.E.A.R 1. The AI also shames anything halo had to offer. This game also reflected what gun fire actually does to the human body. instead of the toy soldier games we have these days that try to pretend they are realistic. I have hope's for F.E.A.R 3 but at any rate it will probabaly get overshadowed by the latest FOTM in the FPS genre.

lock445
lock445

Polish away, in the long run it'll do well for the IP, the developer, the publisher, and the gamer. A win/win. Forcing a game's release date due to deadlines is rude: once the game is released, they can't take it back if it's poor.

Dice2119
Dice2119

WOW!! SolidTy your right about that one lol.

Daian
Daian

@blaze_adeel Yeah i was shocked when i saw that release date,it was a crazy move. However i am very disappointed that i have to wait that long (then again, my GPU is still messed up), March was supposed to be game filled and now this is the 2nd delay of a AAA title...

dylanisbored
dylanisbored

Delay after delay ="( When will it end, I can't wait for this game!

blaze_adeel
blaze_adeel

how can they release a game on the same day as crysis 2 they had to delay

Tankbuster94
Tankbuster94

lol u got a point there Falmar there are indeed a bunch of stuff coming out in March or so

Heil68
Heil68

First games was awesome, 2nd not so much. I'm thinking this one won't be good.

Falmar
Falmar

lol they FEAR all other blockbusters comin out in the same quarter. Guess that with a couple of games being chicken out we are nearly having a 'normal' release calendar again!