Splatterhouse opens in Q3 2010

Namco Bandai narrows release window on delayed resurrection of original arcade gorefest.

Back in June, Namco Bandai labeled its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 action game Splatterhouse a "fixer upper," delaying the title until sometime in 2010. Today the publisher narrowed that release window, saying the game will now launch in the third quarter of 2010.

Trying to sell a Splatterhouse in this real estate market? Are you crazy?

Originally announced as being in development at BottleRocket Entertainment in May 2008, 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.

Though it is an update of the original gross-out arcade beat-'em-up released in 1988, Splatterhouse features 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.

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9thedevilmaycry
9thedevilmaycry

@9thedevilmaycry oops i mean turbo grapics 16 not c64

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

Despite this game's setbacks, i.e. getting pushed back further and further, I'm still looking forward to it.

angelGP32
angelGP32

and still i wait for current gen pac-man with physics engine and photo realistic graphics.

solidine
solidine

I do want to see what comes of this, but I wouldn't kid myself and assume it will be good. It could turn out to be a surprise hit, but that rarely happens and this looked like a game that wasn't trying to be all that good to begin with. Not only that, but it seems it was straying to far from what kept the series cool originally. Obviously there was a ton of gore in the older ones, but those games were also creepy and disturbing. This looked to be going a lot more towards being gory than being creepy. If you go that route, you need to have more than lots of blood. It's been done many times before, and probably better. Still, I guess I'll save my judgment. I used to love these games, and if the dev's get their act together they could pull off something worth playing. ...But I won't hold my breath. People are right though, it does seem odd to try and revive this series. I know games, like movies, seem to be going through their "it's cool to be retro" phase, but some things are better left alone. I'd make a safe bet this is one of them.

goodemon
goodemon

you can download the original splatterhouse games on the wii virtual console for like 8 bucks a piece.. I hope this game is fun, hopefully the delays will improve the overall finished product.

newhighscore
newhighscore

i had i wouldnt exactly say high hopes for this game. but i owned the original on turbo graffix 16 back in the day and was intrigued at a remake. this just looks like a fail though.

tmorri603
tmorri603

I tend to wait and see a review if a game will be good or not. How many times has a game been given the game of the year before it comes out only to find that it sucks big time or it is not as good as all the hype.

Aspire85
Aspire85

3 things I don't like about this trailer that will probably reflect into the game: 1. The music - Great, another XTREME ROCK soundtrack to show that the main character and the game is badass!! Give me the creepy 16-bit music any day.. 2. Gameplay.. at first glance.. looks like a mindless beat-em-up.. probably with a light character upgrade and xp point earning gameplay tacked on like Wet. 3. Quicktime events - Amazing, the bits of the game that look like loads of fun to play are all sorted by the press of one button. Jerry_Sully's comment is spot on.

Jerry_Sully
Jerry_Sully

Why is Namco trying to revive this series? The original Splatterhouses back in the day were classic. Looks like they're trying to make this their cash cow and hope that old fans will pick this one up. I, personally, will not. Looks like a chead God of war ripoff and I'm predicting that this will fail miserably.

shawn_mitchel
shawn_mitchel

If they don't improve on this,most gamers would only rent it. Even those who buy won't keep it for long,they would eventually sell it to a friend or any shop it could be sold to,.......that is,after it must have accumulated dust.

BtmnHatesRbn
BtmnHatesRbn

Little confused by Namco's decision to go ahead with this dead (no pun intended) series. Splatterhouse was barely known back in the early 1990s, when the three original games were released. When in was originally out on TurboGrafx-16, all us kids (yeah, I have actual memories of being a gamer then) were like, "Oh, that's the game with Jason in it! Oh, it's on THAT system. Lame!" And since I did own the game (and still do), I have to admit that the first Splatterhouse is lame. Then along comes Splatterhouse 2 on Genesis. Everybody RENTED it, nobody, including me, even bothered buying it. It was a two-day renter at best. Nothing special. Then Namco releases Splatterhouse 3, and all I have to say is, "There's a third game?" Splatterhouse is a dead series and in an era post-Resident Evil and post-House of the Dead, it's just another "me, too" game from a company that only makes Madden-like upgrades to Ridge Racer and Tekken these days. If Namco was worried a few months ago that this game would be a failure, I feel those worries are justified. If Namco thinks they've got a hit on their hands, then they better put it on all five consoles, all smartphones, all three computer OSs, commission TV shows, music soundtracks, run commercials and ads everywhere, etc. It's not like Namco kept the series up and going like Konami has with Castlevania, it's nearest competitor from the same era.

shawn_mitchel
shawn_mitchel

The graphic has a resemblance to the Evil dead game on Ps2.....

shawn_mitchel
shawn_mitchel

This game has potentials but i don't think they have done enough...... The developer should rework and change alot about this game. I like the idea but it hasn't really clicked yet for me who is seeing and hearing of it for the first time.

angelGP32
angelGP32

so it's a remake of Splatterhouse 3? Isn't that how that story went? You were searching for your woman, started in a mansion though. Still good game, but something tells me this will be all f'ed up.

Worm209
Worm209

Save the time and effort and just stick the classic Splatterhouse (arcade version) on xbla please. Not looking through rose tinted specs either, i played original Splatterhouse a few months ago and it is still great fun to play despite (or because of?) its simplicity.

mission76
mission76

I remember this for the turbo grafx 16 console...wasn't a big fan of it, but suprisingly a lot of people here seem to be pumped for it so hopefully it turns out well for them. On a similiar note someone should consider remaking "Nightmare Creatures" which was a pretty good PS1 game back in the day. I bet with the newest generation of consoles they could really make that game shine.

Deftone21
Deftone21

I remember trading Sonic 3 for Splatterhouse when I was a kid. It was the Sega Mega Drive version and I loved the gory sticker.

chupamelpo
chupamelpo

If they want 2 impress some one then they have 2 do better than that. The game has its pontentiall but the video shows very little.

monson21502
monson21502

i hope they take their time. i hate when devs bring back classics just to try to cash in on their names. they need to go all out mario 64 style!!! if you know what i mean....

PesmergaYuber
PesmergaYuber

Too early to tell yet, but looks alright so far...

chappy_man
chappy_man

looks cool, and i have been watching a while, i hope it turns out alright when it does finally come out.

ProjectPat187
ProjectPat187

I remember having Splatterhouse for my Turbo Graphix-16 when I was a kid, absolutely loved this game and it was kind of scary

Jaggermaster
Jaggermaster

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godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I think the original Splatterhouse on the T-16 was one of the best games on that platform. I hope they do the original justice and not another Bionic Commando Re armed.

3lusiv3
3lusiv3

I will probably buy it just because of the source material, even if it will be a GoW clone and if it looks anything like that video that was released back in 2006 (I think), it'll be a damn good one!

justhat1
justhat1

i think people will be disappointed if they think this will reinvent the genre but as game to just play for simple mindless destruction and a rental it shows promise

9thedevilmaycry
9thedevilmaycry

good game for c64 this looks even better lets just hope it dosent get baned in australia

hi-buzz
hi-buzz

letz hope it will b worth waiting 4....

Cubano7649
Cubano7649

I've been waiting for this game forever, its nice to see they are finally narrowing down a date.

r4v3gl0ry
r4v3gl0ry

Wow. Glad to see some good old fashion gory fun.

tiggerboy
tiggerboy

AWESOME! I am stoked for this game! Yeah, so supposedly as you get attacked, you lose flesh in the area that you were attacked in (i.e. you get your arm bitten, you lose flesh on it) and I think that you "rebuild" your flesh my killing the enemies. Thats what I got from a Bandai guy at PAX this year.

-Five0-
-Five0-

Is your flesh and skin affected by your combat? That would be killer if you had voids of skin filled in with bone after you get done wrestling a foe. This could be fun.

x8VXU6
x8VXU6

have to wait and see

bad_fur_day
bad_fur_day

Awesome! ...You guys saying this fails should look up the meaning of fail. Win. I only hope it doesn't get censored. ; ;

Scynt
Scynt

Glad to hear it wasn't cancelled with BottleRocket's bankruptcy closure. This is my third most anticipated game of the rest of the generation (of the 500 or so PS3 games currently announced).

Rokon37
Rokon37

Released just in time for Halloween.... of next year.

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

i was wondering why this game fell off the radar for a while. but yeah, the video is meh. not so sure about this one. loved the old splatterhouse games tho.

McMJ3
McMJ3

Possible win.

TexasAnMGrad2K
TexasAnMGrad2K

Looks interesting, but repetitive. I think I saw a QTE in there as well. But, I do applaud revivals of the 8/16-Bit era. We'll see if this should have been one of them when it releases.

payne6705
payne6705

when I first heard about this game I was excited but after seeing this video like others are saying its a wait and see type of game it looks a bit clunky

Asagea_888
Asagea_888

I loved the old Splatterhouse games. I had a feeling they were going to make this new one bloodier.

TrueIori
TrueIori

I think all the Psychics in here should be trying to win the lotto then trying to predict how bad a game is going to when no one has even played it. If getting delayed means a game is going to be bad then by that logic Alen Wake and Splinter Cell Convention are going to be two of the worst games ever next year. P.S. By no means I am saying this game is going to be great but at least reserve judgment until you played a demo at least.

rob_dAmAgE
rob_dAmAgE

it doesn't look THAT bad. ok wait- is that a wallet chain??? really!!! hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! "after i crush these demons, i'm going to 711 for a slurpie!!!"

BloodMist
BloodMist

There isn't one single shred of evidence to support this game being nothing but terrible.How it hasn't been scrapped is beyond me.