Just in time for the frightfests of Halloween, the Collective (The Da Vinci Code, the upcoming Dirty Harry) today announced Harker, a new survival horror game inspired by the classic tale of Dracula. No specific platforms were mentioned in the Collective's release but screenshots accompanying it were subtitled "360_dbg," indicating an Xbox 360 version is in the works.
Gamers will wield wooden stakes as Jonathan Harker, the protagonist in the novel Dracula. However, the Collective's version of Harker comes packing attitude reminscent of the movie Van Helsing. When his love Mina becomes a victim of Dracula, Harker adopts the "this time it's personal" mantra and goes on a vampire-slaying spree.
"Harker's goal is to bring an in-your-face, visceral, and personal style of combat to the survival horror genre," said the game's producer, Nigel Cook. "None of these vampires are going to die with one shot. They're going to fight for their survival, which will give the player a huge level of satisfaction when they successfully execute one."
Said vampires will come in different shapes and sizes and have unique abilities. To combat the pale heliophobic enemies, Harker will be able to use a variety of weapons and bits and pieces from the environment, as well as a close-combat system that the Collective says is "brutally effective in the execution of the vampires."
Harker has not yet been rated or priced and is scheduled for release in 2008.