Konami Snaps Up Saw License
Although Resident Evil 5 was a definite success, the gaming industry can always use a fresh take on the survival/horror genre. Therefore, they've turned to movies for one of the freakiest, most sadistic premises around.
According to Variety, Konami has confirmed that they have purchased the rights to Brash Entertainment's Saw title. Brash is bankrupt, so Konami snapped up this promising game, which is now set to be released on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC some time this fall. The launch should coincide with the sixth film installment, which isn't really a surprise. Konami has big plans, too, as they're claiming that Saw will become the next Silent Hill, which is indeed a bold claim. Said Konami's director of marketing, David Daniels:
"Because we have leadership in the survival horror genre, we're passionate about it and wanted to find another property on par with 'Silent Hill. 'Saw' has grossed over $600 million worldwide and sold over 28 million DVDs, so we felt like it was a great opportunity to align ourselves with one of the most successful horror film franchises in history."
When Brash went under, rights for the game passed to the movie studio Lionsgate, which thought about publishing the game itself but decided against it. Konami picked up the license and now, we're all excited to see how things turn out. Apparently, the game won't follow any one specific plot from the movies; it'll be original and only loosely related to the film storylines. Obviously, the gameplay will be mostly puzzle-oriented, as you'll likely have to find your way free of Jigsaw's maniacally devilish traps. We aren't about to make any sort of prediction, but really, the premise shows promise.
Related Game(s): Saw
4/2/2009 Ben Dutka