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Warner Bros. gripped by F.3.A.R.?

Spanish-language teaser ad appears to indicate publisher is on the verge of announcing third installment in Monolith-created paranormal shooter franchise.

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Source: A teaser from an unnamed Spanish magazine, relayed by the NeoGAF forums.

What we heard: Activision took an axe to many of Vivendi's in-development projects in the wake of the pair's multibillion-dollar merger in 2008, and one party happy to scoop up the shavings was Monolith Entertainment. The Warner Bros.-owned studio was able to acquire the rights to its paranormal shooter franchise F.E.A.R., paving the way for the studio to use the acronym for the game's sequel, F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.

The purchase also seems to have cleared the way for a third installment in the F.E.A.R. franchise. As spotted by a resident of the gaming-centric NeoGAF forums, F.E.A.R. 3 will be featured in a Spanish magazine next month. In the scan of the teaser page posted by the forum-goer (pictured), it would appear as if Warner Bros. has signed off on the alpha-numeric F.3.A.R. title. Spanish language text accompanying the picture reads: "next issue."

Kids grow up so fast these days.
Kids grow up so fast these days.

The scan shows what appears to be the series' antagonist, creepy kiddo Alma, who is apparently with child. Also pictured is a gun-toting, long-haired man who may be a member of the First Encounter Assault Recon team. Another man, who may or may not be original antagonist Paxton Fettel, is also shown, having apparently shrugged off a bullet wound to the cranium. The three are pictured above a nuclear blast, with Alma's fetus situated inside the heart of the mushroom cloud.

The official story: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Tentative not bogus. Attempts to verify the scan's origin have proven fruitless, but sales of the past two F.E.A.R. games were strong enough to warrant a third installment. A more definitive answer should arrive next month.

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