Project Origin haunts Q1 2009

Monolith's spiritual successor to 2005's paranormal shooter F.E.A.R. ships out on the 360, PS3, and PC early next year.

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In 2006, F.E.A.R. creator Monolith Productions said that it would be soldiering on with a sequel to its paranormal shooter, despite losing the rights to the franchise's name to Vivendi Games after being bought out by Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment. Since then, work on the game has proceeded in earnest, with the developer eliciting fans' help to redub the game Project Origin.

The product of a broken home.
The product of a broken home.

This week, Warner Bros. and Monolith are showing the game at the Leipzig Games Convention. As part of its presence there, the publisher has confirmed for GameSpot that Project Origin will commence haunting the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in Q1 2009.

Vivendi Games--now Activision Blizzard--may own the F.E.A.R. name, but Monolith has retained the rights to the franchise's universe. As such, Project Origin picks up where the critically acclaimed 2005 original left off. Players once again assume the role of the newest member of the First Encounter Assault Recon squad, which is in search of a supremely creepy child known as Alma.

For more on Project Origin, check out GameSpot's most recent look at the game from E3 2008.

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