Monolith scaring up new F.E.A.R.s

WBIE-owned studio announces sequels for PCs and "next-generation consoles." Sequel to lose F.E.A.R. name but continue storyline, keep character set, stay in existing universe.

Monolith Productions likes to scare people. The sadistic studio was responsible for two of last year's most frightening experiences with Condemned: Criminal Origins on the Xbox 360 and F.E.A.R. on the PC. Both games were produced with the same technology, which used dynamic lighting and realistic sound to give gamers goose bumps.

Today, Monolith announced it is continuing the story of F.E.A.R. on PCs and multiple next-generation consoles. However, due to Vivendi Universal Games owning the name F.E.A.R., the sequels from Monolith will carry a new, as-yet-unannounced title.

The sequel's publisher has not yet been announced, nor has any release date.

Though VU Games owns the series name, Monolith, which was purchased by Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment in 2004 after development of F.E.A.R. was under way, owns the rights to the game's characters. However, VU Games may not be done with the F.E.A.R. name, as the company was recently rumored to be working on an Xbox 360 port of the original. A release from Monolilth today made no mention of an Xbox 360 version of F.E.A.R.

Samantha Ryan, president of Monolith Productions, told GameSpot that the sequels "will not be called F.E.A.R., but the IP ownership rests with Monolith and Warner Bros. Fans should expect that the sequels will be set in the universes they know and love."

Monolith is tailoring the sequel's content between the PC and console iterations. The practice of releasing IP on PCs first, then giving console versions a console-specific overhaul is becoming more and more common, as evidenced by Infinity Ward's Call of Duty franchise and Ubisoft's Far Cry franchise. Developers can use each platform's strengths and control schemes to deliver different experiences.

Ryan said, "We believe that the PC audience is entirely viable and can support a game just as it did support F.E.A.R. To deliver the best quality title, the PC needs to be a focus. We believe that next-gen will also be awesome, but again, it has some differences and this is the approach that we're going to try."

The story, however, will remain consistent between different platforms and pick up where F.E.A.R. left off.

"It's an exciting and different universe, and when you have something you love, you want to continue it," said Ryan.

Ryan emphasized that Monolith is hiring staff to work on the new titles. "Talented people in the industry who are excited by this universe should apply," she said. "There are a lot of talented people floating around...and we have a lot of positions to fill."

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Discussion

155 comments
NukeU
NukeU

finally a sequal to F.E.A.R.

SeriousSean
SeriousSean

Huh, I can't help but wonder if they can pull that same name trick with NOLF. I love both of monoliths more recent titles, but I'm getting tired of this horror theme popping up every where. With planet moon focusing on the psp and monolith doing all these dark/horror games us pc gamers aren't getting any good laughs anymore. And I don't mean GTA humor, thats been beat over the head far too much.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

It's a good game for a PC but for consoles it needs to be waaay better.

doom_nightmare
doom_nightmare

FEAR 2 will destroy Crysis, not only in graphics but also gameplay. FEAR is the best game to date since Jedi Knight. Im sorry if I am not impartial, but is impossible.

Markner
Markner

GREAT FEAR 2, can't wait :) :) :) :) :) :)

juggong
juggong

Extraction Point picked up where the first game left off, so it's kinda obvious that the sequel continues the story in the expansion pack. To be honest, i think somebody should make a mod that removes the horror theme and makes a new story.

tim_kkhanna
tim_kkhanna

They say the story will pick up from where F.E.A.R. left off. Does that mean it will pick up from the end of "Extraction Point" or the original game?

Edgemaster666
Edgemaster666

Didn't even know this article existed... But anyways, FEAR 2 or whatever it will be called should be awesome.

Vasya7
Vasya7

I can not wait until the game comes out. I really want it to stay in market through 2008.

mrdrx
mrdrx

alright, second part sounds good!. Hope they bring it out this year cant wait until next!

Tomdogg
Tomdogg

Just hurry up with the game

Ferto_89
Ferto_89

i cant wait till this come out!

gandalf2004
gandalf2004

If they really are going to make a next one they DEFINATELY NEED TO VARY THE ENVIRONMENT. I was getting sick and tired of empty office after empty office.

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

will the new game be D.R.E.A.D., or P.A.I.N., or maybe even D.E.A.T.H. Funny to see what the initials actualy stand for of course...

PramilaInc
PramilaInc

F.E.A.R is decent, but AvP2/N.O.LFs were awesome. I say we demand they give sequels to AvP2 and N.O.L.F 2 before they start on F.E.A.R.

Traitor_13
Traitor_13

I got an E-mail from monolith themself saying that they do have plans for next gen systems I'm so excited

Dremun
Dremun

HoooRaaaa,,, Yeah Baby MORE MORE!!! and I fer sure would love to get in on the Beta testing when the time comes. But one thing does kinda concern me, NEW People to create the Sequel(s) I don't know some times that can be a good thing and more often than not it is NOT a good thing. When you have to many cooks making the soup it just does not come out right, and as F.E.A.R. Is A great game now. I just hope they don't ruin it by trying to make to many changes to the game and worst of all really bad voice acting. Well just my 3 cents here, and me be watching :)

Jd1680a
Jd1680a

why dont monolith just go with F.E.A.R. 2 and be happy with the publish they have? if they change the name it wouldnt be seen as the same game. either they will have to make a whole new game with a new storyline or they just go with VU games and make a sequel.

smokum92
smokum92

also i have a above average set up,,,,,3.2 gig ht,,,,with a 6800gt gig of ram,,,,,runs fear just fine,,,,,,,,,,hope it runs the new fear or raef ok

smokum92
smokum92

what the heck is a focus,,,,,,she said we need to be running a focus pc,,,to get the best out of this new fear game,,,,,,,,madmax,,

monkey_monger
monkey_monger

what about the first 1on the next gen, ma comp can run it but i have a crap card ( x300 ) so there is no point playing it

sumshi1
sumshi1

takachon Hope they put more than 3 diferent enemies this time Yeagh me too needs a little more variety..still great game though..mmm and multiplayer needs work too

RAFDOG
RAFDOG

I SHALL BUY THEM!!!!!

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

i hope they put it on revolution i want to see wat a fps will be like using the unique controllers abilities

point_vector
point_vector

the new fear title is going to be " The Ring 3 , Samara Lives"

SQFrazier
SQFrazier

need to port it to xbox 360noW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shotokan_42
shotokan_42

I've never got a chance to play F.E.A.R. on the PC. However, I've heard it's a good and solid game, yet challenging.

DryvBy
DryvBy

Please add more gore!!

takachon
takachon

Hope they put more than 3 diferent enemies this time

soulessjay
soulessjay

I can't wait for the sequel to come out.

de_eyespy
de_eyespy

it''ll be interesting to see how they continue the story, it's surely to be one of the most anticipating games to come

samwel0
samwel0

cool, if its even better than the first one it could be contender for best first person shooter ever!

SmallPox91
SmallPox91

YEEEESSS!!!!! FINALLY I CAN SOON RETURN TO PARADISE, ehum, hell =)

mange_swe
mange_swe

Yes very good physics, the loooooong office sequence got a bit tiring though.

greengloop
greengloop

If the sequel is as good as the first or better and has more forgiving requirements then it will surely be more popular.

cikame
cikame

hopefully they wont ruin it like the first one

Dshenlong
Dshenlong

yeah we get to find out what happened when that crazy ring like thing climbed on board, whoohoo

mike04
mike04

great can't wait to see it!!

malaciousrussia
malaciousrussia

10 bucks says this new FEAR will run an engine that makes everything else look like childs play

Zorak000
Zorak000

Im scared... F.E.A.R. has gotten to me!!!

Decessus
Decessus

If I read the article right, then things might get a little confusing once these games come out. VU owns the name, but not the IP. Monolith owns the IP, but not the name. They are both making games. VU makes a game using the F.E.A.R. name, but it is not actually a sequel to the original game. Monolith makes a sequel to the game, but they don't use F.E.A.R. Talk about a headache waiting to happen.