If you’ve been waiting anxiously to get freaked out again by Alma Wade, we have some unfortunate news. “FEAR 3″ (or “F.3.A.R.” if you’re lame), has been delayed yet again. The game was originally slated to release last fall, but was subsequently pushed back to March; then it was pushed back to May. Now, it looks like we’ll have to wait until June 21st.
The franchise’s third outing, much like those before it, looks incredibly creepy. While we’re sure to see the familiar first-person horror shooter that we’ve come to expect from the series, the game’s new co-op mode sounds promising. It’s possible to play though the entire campaign with a friend, playing as either protagonist Point Man, or his pseudo-dead brother Paxton. This is particularly odd since Point Man and Paxton aren’t exactly “buddies” (I won’t spoil the plot for you, but I’m confused how the game’s writers are going to have this uneasy alliance make any sense).
Day 1 Studios has brought on some impressive talent for the game’s development, recruiting the skills of horror legends John Carpenter and Steve Niles. Given their film repertoire, I’ve actually been quite interested to see their influence on the franchise’s story. A story which, if you’re unfamiliar, is actually pretty crazy. For a game that involves supernatural pregnancy, I suppose a nine month delay sort of makes sense.
Why the game continues to be delayed isn’t immediately clear, but one has to hope that this means we’ll end up with a more polished game come release date. The developers have unfortunately missed the opportunity to release the game around Halloween; well, unless they decide to delay the game again until October. Repeated delays are frustrating, for sure, but I’ll take a well-made game over a rushed-out-the-door title any day.