Splatterhouse Detailed: There Will Be No Sex - NewsNicholas Taylor , posted on 01 August 2010 / 4,013 Views
Dan Tovar, the producer of Splatterhouse, Namco-Bandai's remake of the good old arcade game, has gone on record saying that there will be no sex present in the game. Make no mistake, it will be very much an M-rated game, with blood and guts everywhere, but it appears that sex is where the developer draws the line.
"I was a huge fan of Splatterhouse since as far back as I could remember. Played the crap out of all three of the original games back in the '80s and '90s, and so when I came to Namco years ago, they were looking for concepts to get going in the next couple of years. I asked them, 'Are we going to be able to do old properties?' and they said yes. Splatterhouse was on the top of my list, so we just went to work trying to get a concept together, and it just snowballed from there," he begins.
Regarding the controversy they're no doubt going to face, Tovar had the following to say: "We anticipate a certain amount of that, but the game is called Splatterhouse. It evokes a very particular expectation, and you can't have Splatterhouse without the amount of wetness and blood that we do. There are definitely some of the splatter kills that we had that we didn't think were brutal enough. You want that impact -- at the con, you see a lot of people when they get into the splatter kills, they're like 'Oooh damn, look at that,' which is what we're targeting."
When asked by Joystiq about what they're staying away from, he just replied "We try to stay away from any kind of sexually-themed stuff".
But it's no surprise that a game will not sell on controversy alone, and in response to this, Tovar said "That's where the action game elements come in. We're not trying to re-invent the wheel, so you can pick it up and play it and it feels very at home if you play a lot of action games."
"We wanted to do a whole 3D action, balls-out, let's do it -- let's do it big and do it right" he added. He also mentioned that about "five to ten percent" of the game will be from 2D sidescrolling perspective. "Obviously, we have to pay homage to the originals, and we have to make sure that the fans -- because they're a ravenous and voracious bunch that have been keeping it alive long term -- that they're getting what they want."
Splatterhouse will be released on October 26th, 2010 for PS3 and Xbox 360.