A few weeks ago we got an early look at the next installment of the fps horror franchise F.E.A.R. Aside from concept art that looked like it was box art for a Sega Saturn game, there wasn’t much to go on. Oh, I totally forgot that the name for the project was F.3.A.R., which was quickly lambasted across the internet for being a bit silly.
Today Warner Brothers Interactive has officially announced F.E.A.R. 3, and yes that’s the official name for the time being. Maybe the higher ups at WB Interactive heard the outcry from gamers and thought that using the somewhat cliché number for a letter in a sequel title wasn’t the best marketing tactic. But we didn’t completely win the battle as the logo for the game is still F.3.A.R. I guess we can’t win them all.
The change in name isn’t the only big change for F.E.A.R. 3 as the game is getting a new developer. For this round of horror action developer Day 1 Studios is stepping in for Monolith, the studio responsible for the previous F.E.A.R. games. A reason as to why Monolith isn’t developing F.E.A.R. 3 wasn’t given but the studio is rumored to be working a new IP.
A change in developer may frighten some of the F.E.A.R. fans out there but I don’t think we have anything to worry about. Day 1 has a solid bunch of developers and in some ways is a bit underrated. And no, I’m not saying that because they have a Chicago studio and I'm hoping to be hooked up with a Community Manager job, though that would be awesome.
But the best news out of F.E.A.R. 3’s announcement is that horror legend John Carpenter will be assisting Day 1 in the development of the game. Mr. Carpenter’s name may sound familiar as he’s written and directed a few films called “Halloween”, “They Live” and “Escape From New York” which featured the enigmatic Snake Plissken. Mr. Carpenter didn’t step into the writer’s chair as Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) co-wrote the story for F.E.A.R. 3 along with Day 1. Instead, Mr. Carpenter will be aiding the dev team with the cutscenes for the game. I think that news alone should make F.E.A.R. 3 the most anticipated game of the year amongst some.
Besides that bundle of info not a lot of actual news on the story of the game or new mechanics were revealed. What we do know is that Alma and Paxton are back to cause more trouble for Point Man, the protag of F.E.A.R. 1. But Day 1 President and Founder Denny Thorley did promise some new features such as “divergent co-op” and a new cover system. To be honest I wasn’t a huge fan of the previous F.E.A.R. games but F.E.A.R. 3 has me really hyped right now.