Scream is a classic Slasher film that, whilst joining the game fairly late compared to the godfathers of the genre, undoubtedly left its mark both on the genre, and on pop culture in a wider sense, often being parodied by and inspiring many other films. In that sense, it's surprising that, aside from a little known Scream video game on the iPhone, the franchise has never broke into the gaming market. That is, until now.
Very recently, a twitter and facebook page popped up, toting the promise of a Scream video game in the works. Whilst these pages are small in both audience and scope at the moment, with the only real marketing so far being word of mouth, the project is nonetheless intriguing to say the least. I got in contact with the team running the Scream: The Video Game Facebook page to talk about their latest project, and this is what they had to say:
"Scream: The Video Game is an asymmetric survival horror online multiplayer video game being developed by various independent video game developers – in association with Dimension Films, Miramax, Fun World, and MTV. It is the first and only commercial video game adaptation of the Scream horror films and TV series. One player takes control of the Ghostface killer, a masked psychopath whose true identity is hidden behind a rubber mask and black robe. The rest of the players control Victims. The goal of the game is to survive as long as possible while trying to determine the killer's true identity. That's about all we can tell you right now, as we are in the early stages of development. We appreciate your interest in the game and stay tuned for updates! Best, Brandon D. Santos Lead developer, Scream: The Video Game"
The developers then went on to tell us that currently, the team behind the game is fairly smaller, and will be seeking a publisher once the game is completed. With the game currently in pre-production, we assume that the search for a publisher is a decent way away.
Whilst the team behind the game may be unable to tell us any more information regarding development, a glance at their Facebook and Twitter pages showcase some early development artwork and 3D modelled screenshots which no doubt will appeal to fans of the films.
Whilst we've seen the release of many asymmetrical horror games recently, the devs behind Scream: The Video Game seem passionate and dedicated to their project. Hopefully this game turns out as good as we're hoping, but we'll just have to wait and see.