Splatterhouse hits the market for Halloween

Namco Bandai's retro horror revamp for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gets a thematically appropriate release window later this year.

When Namco Bandai last talked about Splatterhouse, it was to delay the action horror game into the third quarter of this year. The game is apparently going to miss that window, but not by much. A Namco Bandai representative has told GameSpot that Splatterhouse is now due for a Halloween release, putting the haunted house game alongside an appropriate holiday.

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An update of the original gross-out arcade beat-'em-up released in 1988, Splatterhouse features a mix of platforming, puzzle solving, and brutal combat, all set to an original storyline by comic-book scribe Gordon Rennie (Judge Dredd, Necronauts). Players assume the role of a college student in search of his kidnapped girlfriend and subsequently happen upon a mask that confers great power--and an insatiable bloodlust.

The game was originally announced as being in development at BottleRocket Entertainment in May 2008, but Namco Bandai abruptly pulled the studio off the project in February 2009. After a brief dispute between the two companies, Variety reported that Namco Bandai had picked up a number of ex-BottleRocketeers to finish the project.

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48 comments
FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

... it lives. I had darn written this one off. that being said I think I am gonna wait this one out and read a few reviews before I throw money down on it. cant be sure at this point the games quality with all the trouble that has plagued this one.

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

I'm not much into beat em ups but this game looks gruesomely-awsome! I still prolly wont purchase it unless the reviews are right, the games longer then 15+ hours, and the story is actually good.. If it dosn't meet any of those criteria then it's defiantly gettin rented, regardless of review score or w/e jus so i can mindlessly tear the limbs off my enemies lol

RedWave247
RedWave247

This won't be an immediate buy for me. But I'm a big fan of the old series, so I'll at least be giving this the old demo/rental tryout before deciding.

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

Wow this game disappeared for a while.

scorpi13
scorpi13

I've always wanted to play Splatterhouse ever since I saw footage of the original game on the Turbo-Grafx 16 waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy back in 1990 or something like that when Gamepro TV used to be around. :-)

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Wow I thought this was canceled. I was looking forward to it last year. I hope the wait pans out to it being good.

KaiserKasey
KaiserKasey

Looks to me like it will be a sub-par action game with unique ideas. It just gives off that kind of vibe...you all know what I mean. But here's hoping it's awesome!

suprsolider
suprsolider

This game is going to kick ass. All you haters get lost, I have been waiting since 1993 for a new one. Don't screw this up for me.

Scottopia
Scottopia

I'll try it out, mostly out of love for the original games, but I don't really think this is going to be a "must buy" kinda game.

90xGrad
90xGrad

i'll give anything a shot, but this just doesn't look good. the producer doesn't even seem that excited about it as if he knows it's going to bomb....

DullBozer
DullBozer

I agree with you guys, this look just awful...

kvan33
kvan33

Oh, this game is going to be scary.....scary awful.

hyper_trunkx
hyper_trunkx

i hope this is good...splatterhouse is a classic!

Jackc8
Jackc8

Looks mildly interesting. Think I'll be reading the reviews before deciding if it's worth a purchase or not.

Ghoulish_Visage
Ghoulish_Visage

I'm hoping for a fantastic fighting game that doesn't take itself too seriously here. If it does that I'll buy it first day.

greenmagnuma
greenmagnuma

This is one of the few arcade titles that I really want! Never played the old version.

Xhawk2004
Xhawk2004

I still play this all the time on an emulator. T16 was a great system ... this is awesome news for hardcore older gen system fans like me !!! Awesome job, cant wait !!

sieg6529
sieg6529

wow, I remember the old Gamepro ads for this game. I never owned a genesis, so I never played the Splatterhouse games, but I just might give it a try this time.

rob_dAmAgE
rob_dAmAgE

i want the producer to say, "joni loves chachi" sooo bad! btw- i'd rather they throw in the towel than soil my love for the original. this. looks. terrible.

Wiite
Wiite

pause it at any point and that dudes face is so funny

ChronoSaber
ChronoSaber

Better then nothing. I liked Splatterhouses for megadrive/genesis and I hope this would be good game.

valensim
valensim

we will start the game on Halloween ?....... There isn't a better releas :D

yabbal
yabbal

Yep, this will banned in Australia for sure.... :(

Acid_Kenobi
Acid_Kenobi

I have faith,..... very little but still,.. faith :)

archvile_78
archvile_78

As a fan of the serie i'm kinda afraid it end up being horrible...but we never know.

BloodMist
BloodMist

They seriously need to work on it, judging by the last glimpse we got of it, it looked painfully crappy.

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

I feel this is getting too much press time for it's own good, the game doesn't look that good so hype won't help it. It'll probably be a fun rent but splatterhouse doesn't feel right for a revamp, kinda like that wolfenstein game that flopped.

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

As a fan of the series I cant help but want this one to turn out good but with all the problems this title has had throughout I have a feeling its gonna be pretty lame. I mean it seems like they got a ways into the development process, the powers that be saw where it was going and didnt like things. so they decided to scrap it only to then realize that they have pumped too much money into it and decided to keep a few people around to finish it, get it to market and hope to god that there enough suckers that will buy it so they can recoup the invested money. So I will expect a game that might start well, good wide open settings full of eye candy, polished visuals, diverse monsters etc but as the game goes on it will put the player into smaller and smaller generic settings with endless generic glitchy graphics hallways leading to the same old box rooms filled with magically respawning generic monsters... pretty much Dante's Inferno all over again. My guess... 4.5 - 6.5

Elian2530
Elian2530

John Cena on steroids and Frankenstein juice, meets The Mask, and Jason Goes to Hell, plus your everyday zombies. Looks pretty cool, but I'm picturing it getting boring quite fast.

azureblade89
azureblade89

So..the storyline will pretty much follow an M-rated version of The Mask? Pass..

johny300
johny300

01:22 to 01:24 the blood on his body vanished.

NovakainePuNK
NovakainePuNK

Me and a friend were discussing it's release like 2 years ago... obviously we were way off, lol. I hope they haven't been working 24/7 on it, just incase it flops. Which, I hope it doesn't.

NovakainePuNK
NovakainePuNK

@johny300 Haha, all he needs is the bad acting. We'll see...

johny300
johny300

waiting 2 years for this game!!!!

johny300
johny300

He looks like john cena lol.

solidine
solidine

I really, really want this to be good, but it just doesn't look like it will be.

HardBUCKSHOT
HardBUCKSHOT

this game will scare you so bad, you'll sh!t squirrels for a week.

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

Ooo. Finally some updated information about this.

ragedemonz
ragedemonz

I'm sure this game would be of the quality akin to a 30 dollar game. Too bad it's going to be worth 65 dollars with tax. I can also tell there's going to be camera complaints come its release; calling it now

tmorri603
tmorri603

I remember the old Splatterhouse game. It was the goriest game for its time. I hope this game can live up to that. It does sound good having the terror mask feeding off blood to power you up.

green_dominator
green_dominator

The longer this gets dragged out I get less and less interested damn, at one point I actually forgot it was being made..... I remember playing Splatterhouse 2 on the Genesis, it was one of the sickest games i ever played....I loved it then I played Decap Attack and lost my head.......

drswank
drswank

This is the last great remake left IMO. Here's to hoping it isn't screwed up ;). Very excited for more Splatterhouse!

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Just give me the 2D HD remake for the 360 that the Wii users already got and I'll be happy. I'm still looking for that title for my T-16.

fi3ldsy
fi3ldsy

Meh...The nostalgic aspect is the only thing that has me interested. Beyond that? Nothing really.