Gamescom 2014: Sony Releases New Horror Game Teaser, Trademarks "A Million Ways To Die"

Teaser trailer released ahead of Gamescom claims project will "reinvent" the horror genre; trademark could be related.

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Sony has filed a trademark application for a new video game called "A Million Ways To Die." Sony filed the trademark application with the United States Patent & Trademark Office on August 6. The date is notable, because it's just days before Sony's Gamescom briefing tomorrow, August 12.

The trademark filing lists A Million Ways To Die as a video game. The trademark application specifically covers, "Computer game software; Downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; Video game software."

That's the only information that is available, and a Sony representative was not immediately available to comment. Sony's A Million Ways To Die trademark does not appear to be related to Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's recent Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West.

We found the trademark today, on the same day that Sony released a new Gamescom teaser trailer (above) for a mysterious game that claims it will "reinvent" the horror genre. In the atmospheric and creepy trailer, we get a glimpse at someone who appears to be bludgeoning someone else to death, as blood splatters on a window in the foreground.

The only link between the "Million Ways To Die" trademark and this teaser is that they are both operated by Sony and reference dying in some way. The teaser trailer follows another, similar-in-theme teaser from last week that appears to be for the same project.

If Sony is going to announce this new project at Gamescom, we don't have much longer to wait. Sony's briefing is scheduled for tomorrow, August 12, at 10 a.m. PDT. Microsoft and Electronic Arts are also holding presentations. For more on the show, be sure to bookmark GameSpot's special hub dedicated to the show.

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Good to see the horror genre getting some share of games on next-gen. I hope its not a pointless bloodbath and has the suspense and darkness to it that makes horror so special.

And at the end of the video, where they show the guy with the hatchet, it reminded me of the suspense moments when some maniac lifts the knife so high...and cuts the apple in half....

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Sony with Playstation shows once again the great diversity and variety they having with their exclusives. Way to go Sony , even with so hard times you teaching others how it have to be. Great

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It will be better than TLOU

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<< LINK REMOVED >> All these things made me wonder if the number of methods of dying has been greatly exaggerated.....

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Siren- Greatness Awaits.


:P

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i want see i like new IP for SONY

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As a life-long gamer and horror-fan, I really missed horror last-gen, so I'm loving all of this attention Sony is paying it on PS4! Outlast was the best horror game I've played in years, we have the Gothic Horror/victorian settings of Bloodborne and The Order 1886 to look forward too, Alien Isolation, Until Dawn, either Sony Bend or Sony London are working on a horror game that looks very much like a HR GIGAR creation, I have Daylight on my PS4 HDD too, and the list goes on...

There are more announced/or released horror games at this early stage in the PS4's life than I think there was for the entirety of last-generation. Keep brining em in boys! :-)

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I assumed "a million ways to die" had something to do with the show, "a thousand ways to die"

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...in the west.

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You're telling me someone was actually paid to make a jpeg with a white background and nothing but the phrase "a million ways to die" in Times New Roman? You know, instead of simply writing "a million ways to die" in Times New Roman?

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Yeah more ps4 exclusive

Bring em up

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Pretty excited to learn what is in store! I'm hoping for a deep in the woods, eerie atmosphere, exploration, disturbing secrets, limited ways of defending (very limited ammo, items), false alarms, etc. Can't wait!

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every horror game should learn a thing or two from Outlast and the first Amnesia, and old horror games like RE and Silent Hill (doesn't have to copy-paste the whole thing though)

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We shall see tomorrow what this game is about. Actually, later today! Gonna be fun

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plz not another dead-brain island wanabe

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<< LINK REMOVED >> looks more like a maniac related though just one way to die. million ways would be more like this << LINK REMOVED >>

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Yes! Knack 2!

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Why does no game developer understand that horror comes from things other than gore? All horror games are just action games with more gore and less ambient light in them. That's not where scary comes from.

Horror games need to exploit things like the uncanny valley and other psychological effects. They need to actually be shocking, and jump scares don't count; they need to have content that the player is legitimately not expecting. Otherwise, you just get a bland, generic experience. And that's basically every recent horror game. Games like Silent Hill (the early ones) did just as I described and they were scary. We need that back.

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I hope that it's survival horror with open exploration mixed in.

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I hope it's like being in a classic slasher film. Where the killer could be anywhere and you're trying to figure out what is going on and how to survive. I've yet to play a game that truly captures the experience of watching something like Friday the 13th. The tension of a crazed killer out in the woods dispatching a group of friends throughout the night.

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lol I thought about Seth McFarlane's movie, and then I read the article, and it mentions it. lol

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I did not think about the movie until I read the article and thought it was funny that Eddie had to spell it out. Good that it is funny both ways.

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all horror and zombies and guns. Jeez Sony. If the only family friendly fun is Knack and LBP3 then its going to be a tough generation.

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@bunchanumbers Ratchet and Clank say hi.


Tearaway, & Media Molecules next ip also (I'm assuming it's kid friendly).

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Woah. This one's looking pretty grim for a Sony game. Bring it on.

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I'm excited to see what other new announcements there are, too. Going to be tons of sweet games

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Have you guys seen the games list for XBOXUno's EA pay service? Its freaking hilarious.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> How so? Could you provide a link please?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> There are 4: BF4, FIFA, Madden, and Peggle 2.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Oh dear. That's gotta just be the initial line-up though.

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Thought I saw Barbra Streisand for a sec there...

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It's got blood in it, so it can't be a good horror game.

It impresses kids yes, but that's about it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Wait, horror can't involve blood? In any capacity?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> That's my only gripe about the Evil Within. Its over the top blood and guts. That in itself is not scary. I hope and pray its got the story and suspense elements to back that up.

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Meh I'd love me a new survival horror but it looks like yet another gory slasher with generic disfigured bloody humanoid monsters with nails sticking out of their heads.

It makes me afraid it will be too much like Evil Within, even the color palette looks very similar.

We need a different setting and a different threat, ideally something supernatural maybe from folklore or dark fantasy fiction.

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That's not at all the impression I got from this...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I have no idea how you can tell all that from that video above.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> But you know he's right.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> If it turns out that way he is

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> And it will.

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@oldtobie @Tranula @Talavaj well then since your a prophet, ok. hes right. by the way, got anymore Oldtobie?

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I went to best buy and they updated the ps4 demo. There were tons of new games not announced yet, especially for vita

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Sweet, can't wait for more information and actual game footage.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> me too man

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Horror has already been reinvented as "mostly just action" in the latest Resident Evil games and "run for your life or die" thingy in Amnesia. Neither one is a good reinvention. I truly *dread* what shape horror will take next.

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