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All Articles: Night Trap
Screaming Villains has announced that Night Trap will make its radical return as a downloadable game for the PC and PS4 on August 15. The game is also in development for the Xbox One, and it’ll be available for Microsoft’s console at a later date.
Night Trap was one of the first games to use Full Motion Video (FMV), and was originally released for the Sega CD all the way back in 1992. This 25th Anniversary re-release includes the original game, as well as a special Survival Mode with randomized enemies, and a Theater Mode to watch all the story-related scenes in one sitting. A behind-the-scenes documentary will also be included to educate a new generation of fans about the game that scandalized a nation for its depiction of vampires invading a teenager’s slumber party.
Superfans will be able to pick up a copy of Night Trap a bit earlier. Limited Run Games will launch a Blu-ray version of the FMV classic in both a Standard Edition and a Collector’s Edition on August 11.
You might not remember, but the original developers behind Night Trap launched a crowdfunding campaign in 2014 to produce a “ReVamped” version of the pioneering FMV game for modern consoles. Unfortunately, that campaign failed, and most of us assumed the project was dead. But even if you forgot, the developers didn’t, and they’re preparing to release a remake of Night Trap for the PS4 and Xbox One later this Spring to commemorate the game’s 25th anniversary.
Night Trap was originally released in 1992 for the Sega Genesis’s Sega CD add-on. Players were given control of a futuristic security system and tasked with protecting a slumber party from a gang of vampires. The hook was that players could see the action play out in “full motion video,” and acted out by a Hollywood cast lead by Dana Plato (Kimmy from Diff’rent Strokes).
Neither the Sega CD nor Night Trap made much of an impact on audiences, but the game was rather controversial at the time because its story frequently focused on “lurid content” like teenage girls in bikinis.
The first trailer for the Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition, which will also receive a physical PS4 release thanks to Limited Run Games, has been embedded above.
OK, this is unexpected…
The original team behind Night Trap, the full-motion video horror title that indirectly lead to the creation of the ESRB, wants to bring a high-definition remake of the game to the PC, Mac, PS3, and Xbox 360. Naturally, the developers (Director James Riley, Co-Designer Rob Fulop, Technical Director Mark Klein, and Executive Producer Tom Zito) have turned to Kickstarter to fund this bizarre endeavor.
The quartet is seeking $330,000 to “revamp” the Sega CD classic, and I use that term loosely, for modern machines. As opposed to the heavily compressed video seen in the original, the developers want to go back to the original 35mm film and create the definitive version of Night Trap. For those who don’t know, the game put players in control of a security team that is monitoring a sorority slumber party. But their job isn’t to keep out panty raiders, they’re protecting the young women from a gang of bloodthirsty vampires. For all the controversy connected to it, Night Trap seems rather tame by 2014 standards… as a game or as a movie. And the developers themselves always envisioned the game as something a little bit scary, but in PG-13 range.
If Riley and his compatriots reach their goal, they expect to release their Night Trap remake sometime next Spring. I don’t know if it’s got the name recognition to pull it off, but the developers have revealed that if they pull in enough money, they will buy up the rights to other FMV games originally published by Digital Pictures and begin work on Night Trap II.