Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Survival Horror

CA details approach to Alien: Isolation in new developer video

A new behind-the-scenes trailer has been released from Total War creator Creative Assembly’s upcoming Alien: Isolation. The nearly three-and-a-half-minute video features several members of the development team discussing their plans to recreate the feelings of isolation and powerlessness that were so prevalent in the 1979 original film. One way the studio hopes to achieve this is by breaking from the trend of basing gameplay around scripted events and opting for a more reactive design.

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HD re-release of Resident Evil 4 now on Steam

Resident Evil 4 (360, PC, PS2, Wii) PC Announcement - Screenshot 7

Leon Kennedy is a busy man. As if his current workload isn’t enough, he has to go back in time today to relive one of his past adventures with a new HD re-release of Resident Evil 4 for PC. Now available on Steam, the $19.99 download features the Separate Ways epilogue, support for Steam achievements, cloud saving, trading cards, and controllers, and a host graphical upgrades, including sharpened text, enhanced textures, and a bump to 60 frames per second.

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The Evil Within to make this summer a dark one, shipping in August

The Evil Within (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Extended Trailer Announcement - Screenshot 3

Bethesda’s upcoming Tango Gameworks- and Shinji Mikami-developed survival-horror title The Evil Within has been officially dated for August 26. As detective Sebastian Castellanos, players will have to fight for their life after being attacked by a malevolent force at a crime scene and waking up in an alternate, twisted world. Players will have little resources at their disposal as they try to defeat the realm’s monstrous creatures and make their way back to reality.

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Ellie returns to the beginning today in The Last of Us: Left Behind

The Last of Us (PS3) Left Behind Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Fans of The Last of Us can see what happened to Ellie before she met Joel today in a new single-player downloadable prologue, Left Behind. The Naughty Dog-developed add-on explores Ellie’s relationship with her friend Riley as the two attend school in the Boston quarantine zone and later decide whether to stay in the zone or join the Fireflys. Despite being set before The Last of Us, you’re going to want to finish it before playing Left Behind. And if you haven’t played The Last of Us yet, go ahead and free up a weekend and get to it.

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Capcom releasing Resident Evil 4 for PC next month, pre-order up

Resident Evil 4 (360, PC, PS2, Wii) PC Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new high-definition version of Resident Evil 4 will be available for PC next month, according to Capcom. Scheduled for release on February 28, North American gamers will be able to download the re-release off Steam. This updated version will feature “HD running at a smooth 60 frames per second for the first time,” plus sharpened text, improved textures, wide-screen support, and all previously released content, including the Separate Ways epilogue, and game controller support. A pre-order campaign has launched on Steam as well, with early buyers receiving two digital extras: a 60-track soundtrack and an art book.

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Dying Light video shows the difficulties of surviving after sundown

Techland has released a nine-plus-minute video showing off more of their upcoming action title Dying Light. The footage shows a bit of the combat switch-up that’s necessary as the game switches from day to night. During the day, the infected are slow and easily distracted, allowing players to use parkour to jump between rooftops and over fences, distract them with firecrackers, and take them down before becoming overwhelmed. When the game switches to night, they become more aggressive, harder to shake, and hungrier, which drives them to be more active, allowing them to climb, jump, and run. Regardless of the time of day, it looks like slide kicking a zombie-ish thing off a building will always be satisfying.

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(Xbox 360 Review) How to Survive

(Xbox 360 Review) How to Survive

“… might not have the most exciting cast, but it can certainly deliver some satisfying zombie-slaying combat.”

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Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut: Ultimate Edition now on PSN

Deadly Premonition Directors Cut (PC, PS3) PC Steam Greenlight Announcement - Screenshot 2

A new version of Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut has launched on PSN for PS3, the Ultimate Edition. This release features all of the content from the original Director’s Cut as well as all post-launch downloadable content. The extra packs add seven trait-boosting suits and outfits, three new rides that enhance performance (and one that adds drifting), a vehicle skin, and the Real Estate pack that allows York to purchase a home and settle down in Greenvale.

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Nearly 12 minutes of The Evil Within revealed in new gameplay video

Bethesda has released a new extended gameplay video for Tango Gameworks’ The Evil Within. The upcoming Shinji Mikami-developed survival-horror title will follow detective Sebastien Castellanos investigating a mass murder and the deaths of fellow officers by the same malevolent force. After being ambushed, Sebastien wakes up to find himself in a strange world filled with bizarre beings and the walking dead.

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Dying Light pre-order bonus announced, Be the Zombie mode

Dying Light (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) PAX Screens - Screenshot 1

Warner Bros. announced at this year’s PAX that Techland’s upcoming zombie-themed action title Dying Light will come with a special pre-order bonus, Be the Zombie mode. The mode will allow players to take control of the undead in the game’s player-versus-player component at launch. As a bonus, gamers will get to control a special mutation known as the Night Hunter, which protects the zombie hive at night from human hunters with increased speed, a tendril for grappling, charge attacks, and long-distance attacks. Night hunters also have their own skill tree, as well as offer their own rewards and perks. New screens were also released.

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