Chronicles Of Riddick: Dark Athena Is A Sequel, Not A Remake
When Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena was announced some time ago, it was believed to be a remake of the stellar 2004 title, Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. But instead, according to Joystiq and GameCyte, this game is no longer a remake: it's a full-fledged sequel!
Universal Interactive's Bill Kispert called Dark Athena's campaign "robust," as it clocks in at 10 hours, and Starbreeze apparently never stopped working on this game, even when the publishing rights shifted from Sierra to Atari. Now, we learn the game features all new game mechanics and "full-game production values," and the new Atari marketing materials for the title confirms that it's a sequel. It also says Escape from Butcher Bay will be included as "Bonus Material;" the "remastered" title will apparently ship with Dark Athena, but the focal point of the new game will be a fresh single-player campaign. This one will also feature online play, and provided they hit their goal, we'll see this bad boy some time in the Spring. This is fantastic news, because as good as a remake may have been, Escape from Butcher Bay is now over four years old, and simply wouldn't appeal to as many gamers. But a sequel? That's what we needed.
For those of you who never played the first title on the Xbox or PC, you seriously missed out on one of the most satisfying - and surprising - experiences of 2004. Although it's not technically based on any one "Riddick" movie, most still consider it to be the best movie-turned-video-game ever...by a long shot. Personally, it was my favorite game of 2004, except for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Related Game(s): Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
12/3/2008 Ben Dutka