The horror genre is neither a new one nor a bland one in the gaming community. It has been here for a long time and given us all sorts of bone-chilling spooks and nightmares, while also entertaining us in all sorts of myriad ways. Recently, there has been a resurgence of the genre thanks to extremely popular and well-made games, such as Resident Evil Village and RE2 and 3 remakes, which ended up beneficial for their backers as well.
Old fans of the genre may remember Dementium. For those who don’t know, Dementium: The Ward was a decently successful horror title for the Nintendo DS. It was originally pitched to Konami as a Silent Hill title for the console but Konami turned the developer down, so the title was turned into a separate IP. The developer then created a sequel titled Dementium II, which was also moderately successful. However, the developer soon shut it down and the IP was bought by developer Red Barrels, who reworked the series into a spiritual successor, the massively popular and well-received title Outlast.
Jools Watsham, the co-creator of the Dementium franchise, went on to create a new studio, Atooi, and made several retro-inspired games, but didn’t return to the horror genre. At least, not until now. Recently, Twitter user Mr. Meatbox posted a screenshot of the co-creator stating that his studio spent 2021 creating a new concept titled “Kill Train”. In the Discord message screenshot, he further states that the core concept behind it is “Dementium on a train” and that they pitched the project to several publishers, and while many seemed interested, none finalised a deal.
— Mr. Meatbox (@Mr_Meatbox) March 19, 2022
Jools also says that he is sure that they can create “an exciting new survival horror experience”, and thus, needs help in getting the word out that may possibly connect him to a publisher. The fact that Jools himself retweeted Mr. Meatbox’s tweet serves to prove the legitimacy of the screenshot. In fact, he then posted the supposed still of the game on his own account as well.
While the concept does indeed sound enticing, there’s no guarantee whether it will get published. However, players do seem to be interested in the game becoming a reality. Hopefully, the concept catches the attention of publishers, so that we can see Kill Train in action soon.
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