If the claims from Day 1's Parker Hamilton are correct, then it sounds like PC gamers will need to stock up on adult diapers. Why? Because F.E.A.R. 3 (or F.3.A.R., take your pick) will be the scariest game to ever be released onto the market. Sure, we've heard these kinds of promises before, however with John Carpenter and Steve Niles involved, the claims may have some merit.
But seriously, will F.E.A.R. 3 be scarier than Silent Hill or Dead Space? "Yes," he confirmed in a recent interview. "We indeed do believe F.E.A.R. 3 will continue carrying on the franchise's tradition of scaring the pants off players in unsettling atmospheres and through unpredictable events. In fact, we have developed a generative system that allows players to experience the scares of F.E.A.R. 3 in a fresh and dynamic way each time they play. Whether playing co-operatively with a friend or alone in the dark by themselves, the generative system will keep the players on the edge of their seats."
He also admitted that working with horror writer/director/producer John Carpenter was a great experience, adding that his knowledge of cinematic composition and horror timing was both invaluable and inspirational. "I think that as the video game industry continues to grow, more and more familiar faces from other mediums will continue to be attracted to working with video game developers to bring their visions and areas of expertise to new audiences," he said.
But even if F.E.A.R. 3 is the scariest game on the market, will it be able to stand out in an over-crowded genre? "The FPS genre certainly is a competitive market but we are quite confident that F.E.A.R. 3's unique take on co-op will enhance the F.E.A.R. games' hallmark features of paranormal horror, intense close quarters combat, and immersive story-telling to make it stand out from the crowd," he said.
F.E.A.R. 3 is slated to hit the market in Q3 2010... probably a predictable October 31 date since gamers are already spooked up on Halloween.