I'm whoring a little bit here, but I'm genuinely interested in starting a conversation about survival horror titles coming down the pike in the near term. This last week I spoke with a handful of people making some of the most anticipated survival horror titles coming out this year (or in the case of RE5, someday next year we goddamn hope). The only big names I omitted (mostly because of time, but also because I only had 5 days to with which to work) were Siren and Fatal Frame, the latter was a real shame since I had started a dialog with the team but just couldn't get the timing worked out in time for the launch of Alone in the Dark -- the driver for the feature series.
Anywho, that was a long winded explanation, but I have linked the series, which I called Scared Stiff, mostly for lack of anything better at 5 am when I wrote the first piece (without any caffeine I might add).
I spoke with people with their hands in Alone in the Dark, Dead Space, RE5, Project Origin, and Silent Hill: Homecoming, which you can read at http://www.joystiq.com/tag/scared-stiff
I basically asked each person I cornered why we should care about their game, as well as what survival horror title or series they consider to be their absolute fave. The answers to this tiny bit of questioning I think shed some interesting light on the titles, a couple in particular, so it'll be interesting to see how the end products measure up.
After the series, I find myself more excited about Dead Space, but it's focus on hacking and/or slashing still leaves me worried. RE5 still sounds cool, but the lack of concrete information has me basing much of my enthusiasm on imagining RE4 but prettier -- which is really all I need anyway, shallow as I am. Silen Hill is a wildcard, and Project Origin is F.E.A.R. refined, the designers admitted as much. As for AitD, well that one is on shelves now, and as enthusiastic as the team was to talk it up, and as much as Atari's financial wellbeing rests on its shoulders, early reviews have not been kind.
So, if we could use this thread to talk about survival horror, particularly those mentioned above, that would be cool. The devs told me why we should care, but really, do YOU care?