By MICHAEL GINGOLD
And it’s got one of the TV series’ prime movers overseeing it.
AMC Networks and horror publisher/production outfit DreadXP have announced their partnership on a CREEPSHOW video game, based on Shudder’s series that was in turn inspired by George A. Romero and Stephen King’s classic film. Showrunner Greg Nicotero is executive-producing the project with Cartel Entertainment, and Brian Clarke (THE MORTUARY ASSISTANT) of DarkStone Digital will be creative director. The game, which will retain the anthology format with multiple stories crossing gameplay genres and tones, is slated to debut in 2024 on multiple platforms.
“The CREEPSHOW brand continues to spread its monstrous wings,” Nicotero says. “Hot on the heels of the Skybound Comic release this summer and wrapping postproduction on Season 4, I feel like this is an opportunity to celebrate the genre with horror fans around the world in a way that takes us through myriad experiences.”
“As massive fans of CREEPSHOW, we are so excited to collaborate with AMC, Shudder, and Cartel Entertainment to bring that world to an interactive medium,” says Dread XP’s Patrick Ewald, and the company’s Ted Hentskchke adds, “The game will represent an expansion of our tremendously successful collaboration with Brian Clarke, whose expertise in crafting lore-rich narratives and clever scares makes him the perfect creative director for the project.”
“I’m extremely excited to be a part of such a fun project,” Clarke says. “I’ve always loved CREEPSHOW’s format, and the idea of driving the cohesion of multiple perspectives on horror is really compelling to me. I feel honored to have been asked to be a part of this. I can’t wait to jump in and bring the best I can to such a great IP.”
“Shudder’s CREEPSHOW is in a class all its own–a genre-bending mashup of spine-tingling horror and rib-tickling satire that not just any game publisher could successfully bring to life,” notes AMC’s VP of Games Clayton Neuman. “But after playing the DREAD X COLLECTION game anthologies, and seeing Brian’s twisted genius at work in THE MORTUARY ASSISTANT, we knew we had found the right partners for this project. This game will surprise, delight, and terrify CREEPSHOW and horror fans alike, and we can’t wait for players to get their hands on it.”
Other independent developers will also contribute to the CREEPSHOW game; stay tuned for further details to be revealed in the coming months.