The first gameplay reveal trailer for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has been revealed, showcasing the game’s new take on the asymmetrical multiplayer horror genre. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will be coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in 2023 – it’ll be day on in PC & Xbox Game Pass.
Announced at the end of 2021 and based on the iconic 1974 horror film – strictly speaking, this is branded ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’, with later films ditching the space in Chainsaw – the game will pitch members of the Slaughter family against their unfortunate victims. The Slaughter family members will spend their time hunting down and stopping their “guests” from escaping, while the victims will have to use their wits and stealth to stay away and find tools and items needed to escape.
Ismael Vicens, Executive Producer at Gun Interactive said, “The community asked, and we’re thrilled to answer that our partners at Sumo were able to create a plan to bring The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms in a way that preserves the gameplay and visual tone of the title while giving players what they have been asking for. It was important to us to enable every fan of the franchise to experience our vision for the game.”
Gun Interactive (AKA Gun Media) has likely been searching for a way back into the now well-established asymmetrical multiplayer genre after their plans for Friday the 13th: The Game fell apart spectacularly shortly after its release. That game, based on the popular horror film franchise, found itself suddenly bogged down in legal disputes a year after its original release, eventually leading to Gun and developer IllFonic cancelled all their future content plans and eventually shutting down the game servers in 2020. IllFonic has moved on to other licensed products with other publishers, and Gun Interactive clearly needed to find a new partner to mount a fresh challenge to the subgenre’s now dominant game, Dead by Daylight.
They’ve found that willing partner in Sumo Digital. The UK-based developer has a number of studios dotted around the country, and this time it’s Sumo Nottingham stepping up to the crease. This is a different studio to Sumo Newcastle, which released Hood: Outlaws & Legends in 2021, which you might have assumed. Founded in 2016, Sumo Nottingham has traditionally specialised more in racing games, including Team Sonic Racing, the Steam port of Forza Horizon 4 and co-developing Forza Horizon 5 with Playground Games. The studio has also been working on Hogwarts Legacy alongside Avalanche Software, but it’s great to see them stepping into the limelight as a named developer on a game once more.
Source: press release