Harker puts stake in next-gen consoles

Vampire-hunting game from the Collective is based on story of Dracula; blood-sucking action title scheduled for 2008.

Jonathan Harker--Transylvania D.D.S.

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.

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46 comments
KatieScarlet
KatieScarlet

I'm totally excited to hear more about this game. It's 2008 NOW, give us more news!

Xyno666
Xyno666

Harker looks fu@*ing cool!!! Sounds tough...and really entertaining...

daolvera
daolvera

Does any1 miss the buffy fighting style that the collective had in the 1st buffy game on xbox, i thought it kicked way more ass then buffy's fighting in the 2nd game, hopefully harker will have a good fighting engine like buffy

River_of_Styx
River_of_Styx

seems pretty cool for an action vampire hunting game

firebreathing
firebreathing

Newager, the game isn't out till 2008 so don't expect the graphics to be optimized :P

daveg1
daveg1

i rember the 32x version of bramstokers in which you played as harker a.k.a. keanu reeves:)

Newager
Newager

Graphic looks so so... not really showing the power of today's graphical power to the maximum. There is a fat chance that this game is released for the 360 not for PS3... but we'll see.

gta11
gta11

YES!!!!!!!! A Half Decent Vampire Game.

Autolycus
Autolycus

sounds fun, but the vengence reasons is a bit to outplayed in survival horror

Apoc112
Apoc112

you won't be playing games in college? i played them more in college than i did in HS... and i play them even more now that i'm out of school completely! haha!

jthechosenone
jthechosenone

o god yes. the 1st buffy for xbox was absolutely amazing. gotta have this. well but i doubt he has super strength which made buffy so great......throwing vamps through tomb stones and feeling their skulls break with your fist.......good times.

Diablo2343
Diablo2343

Wezker619 "Wow it comes out in 08 I wont even be playing games by that time. I will be in college!" TRUST ME wezker619. YOU WILL BE PLAYING GAMES IN COLLEGE.

Wezker619
Wezker619

Wow it comes out in 08 I wont even be playing games by that time. I will be in college!

zachisonthecom
zachisonthecom

Well this looks pretty sick. Thank God for an original survival-horror game (ok, not TRULY original) that doesn't involve silent hills or evil residents

dustopants
dustopants

standcm12, why are you on gamespot if you don't want to hear about video game announcements?

standcm12
standcm12

why even announce this if it wont be out until 2008....i wish everyone were like apple and only announced things when they were ready.

Mr_Bodywave
Mr_Bodywave

Stevo1588--I don't know about him--but I can--it was a nowhere near a great novel. It was ok/good. Not great.

Nintendoc
Nintendoc

This game sounds great, Dracula is a truly rich source of material and is a brilliant novel. However, as iconic as Dracula is in popular culture, very rarely does anyone remain faithful to the book (Damn you, Coppola). I would love to see a game or movie treat the novel faithfully. This game, while sounding quite cool, is clearly not faithful at all. Harker looks like Wolverine for one thing, and since when did Mina actually become a vampire? Oh well, it's just a game.

stevo1588
stevo1588

But grasu, can you truly deny that Dracula was a great novel? I think not.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

this game sounds kinda like an ordingary horror

sjboisvert
sjboisvert

So, are they just taking their Buffy The Vampire Slayer engine and (I'm so sorry for this...) REVAMPING IT!? Seriously, though, the Buffy games were pretty cool and the engine handles Final Fight-style action in 3D fairly well. They showed that they could adapt it to more adventure-ish gameplay with their Indiana Jones game and this looks like it'll be no different.

xnindoboy
xnindoboy

Good, we need a game like this

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Wait for it...wait for it.... Gee, I hope this game doesn't suck. Get it?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA...I'm such a loser.

grasu
grasu

coolman437, dude, I know my country's history better than the palm of my hand thank you very much, and ESPECIALLY the history of my own backyard! (HINT: I was born in Transylvania's biggest city).

coolman437
coolman437

grasu dude for knowing that you truly did to get a life outside of your bedroom and computer

thorsen-ink
thorsen-ink

LordAndrew Do we know who's publishing it or should the publisher remain as "_No Company"? That's a display error that's being worked on--there is no publisher at the moment. The Collective probably announced the game in order to try and get one.

grasu
grasu

More Dracula bull****! How can I put this: The only thing Vlad did in Transylvania was his birth and his subsequent arrest by a magyar backstabber... In fact, if memory serves me right, I don't think Vlad spent only the first 5 years of his childhood in Transylvania and this Dracula crap is related FAR MORE to a Teutonic knights order of the middle ages than Transylvania. Sheesh!

The_Mad_Nutter
The_Mad_Nutter

Well I guess they can do any worse with it than they did with The Da Vinci Code

wooooode
wooooode

sounds fun, lets see what happens.

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Do we know who's publishing it or should the publisher remain as "_No Company"?

fedgem
fedgem

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blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I am happy to see more Survival game on the PS3 and 360.

oliverh
oliverh

I've never heard of this game, but it looks good.