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E3 2017: Behind the Scenes Look at A Plague Tale: Innocence Sheds Some Light On the Rat Plague

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Ho boy, another E3 has come and gone, and with it a number of new trailers, announcements, reveals, and letdowns. I have to say, I found this year to be quite lackluster for the Big 3. I’ll get into this more in a later article, but it seemed most of the big showstopping titles were games we already knew existed back in 2017. I loved the zombie bear in Days Gone, but it didn’t impress me more than the zombie waves shown off last year.

The bright side to all of this is that I got to focus this year on some indie studios, who had no problem serving up some new and exciting horror goodness. First up on my trip were the good folks over at Focus Home Interactive, who after this year might just be my favorite publisher. First up, I got a chance to check out A Plague Tale: Innocence, a new original IP from Asobo Studios. My associate David already reported on the reveal trailer, but here’s the trailer again in case you missed that:

This is going to be one of the rare times where I say that the trailer actually pretty accurately depicts what I saw in the actual gameplay. At the start of the demo, we see Amicia alone on the dark streets of France circa 1349. Her brother Hugo has been captured by the Inquisition and locked in a metal cage, and the nearby guards are presently holding back a swarm of rats with their lanterns. Seeing as how Amicia is a 14 year old girl and the guards are fully armed grown men, direct combat is not an option. Instead, Amicia uses her sling to break the guards’ lanterns, leading to them being swiftly and painfully devoured by the vermin swarm. With Hugo now free, the duo heads into the nearby church.

A Plague Tale: Innocence

Now the church is the same one we see in the trailer, with strange black growths along the columns and pockets of rats skittering around the corners. From the back of the church in the depths of a dark catacomb, a voice seeming to belong to their mother beckons them down. Unfortunately, the aforementioned ravenous rat problem stands in their way. This is where we get a peak at some of the puzzle solving gameplay. As Hugo is much smaller, he can fit into places that Amicia can’t, allowing him to acquire a candle that can be used to light a bonfire. Moving some rats out of the way, you grab one of the Inquisition’s lanterns to allow you to part the vermin seas.

This is where the demo kicks into high gear. At this point, rats start pouring in from all sides. Like water coming through the windows of a sinking car, a flood of chittering rodents swarms around you. The light keeps them at bay, and those unfortunate enough to get caught in the rays actually burn away. Watching the beasts flow more like a tide than animals was incredibly disturbing, and actually caused one of the journalists beside me to make a lovely little gagging sound. Once past the masses, you descend into the crypt, which has become entirely overgrown with the black biological mass you saw on the pillars in the church. From deep within the vast darkness, a voice calls out to Hugo, and he runs off. From here, the demo ends.

A Plague Tale: Innocence

I got to ask the developers a few questions, and learned that presently they are capable of rendering three thousand rats on screen at once before the engine slows down. They stated that they wanted the rats to feel like force of nature, and wanted them to go to the extremes of what a real swarm could do when pushed to the limits. They were tight lipped as to what that meant, or if we’d be seeing other kinds of plague creatures (plague bear?), but I’m not ruling out the possibility that all the rats come together to create one great mega-rat that can only be stopped in a kaiju fight with Godzilla.

The people at Asobo also stated that they are shooting for a 10-12 hour single player adventure, with the focus of the narrative being on the expanding relationship between Amicia, Hugo, and a number of other orphans they ally with over the course of the game. They also clarified that they don’t really want this to be considered a stealth game like <i>Styx</i>, as the core gameplay mechanic is puzzle solving. Most of the “combat” comes from pitting the rats and Inquisition against each other, with each side serving as both tool and obstacle.

A Plague Tale: Innocence

With a release window so distant that it’s still to be announced, there will be plenty of time for us to learn more about the world of A Plague Tale: Innocence. I’ll be sure to keep you up to date with more announcements as they arise, so stay tuned for more. Until then, enjoy the below concept art gallery. But what do you folks think? Looking forward to watching rats eat faces? And what games are you excited for from E3? Let me know below, and check back in later for my closer look at Vampyr!

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3

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“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

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A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie

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One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Jordan Peele Is Open to the Idea of Get Out Sequel

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Recently we shared the baffling news that this year, the Golden Globes were considering writer-director Jordan Peele’s psychological horror-thriller Get Out a comedy.

Hurm. While that bit of news still doesn’t make a bit of sense to me, today we have an update on Jordan Peele’s possible sequel Get Out 2. Which is always welcome.

Deadline was recently speaking with the filmmaker and Peele told them that although he still hasn’t cracked the sequel, if he comes up with a fresh spin he would have no problem revisiting the first film.

“I haven’t decided anything yet,” Peele told the site. “I am allowing the creative part to bubble up, and not force it. I know if a follow-up is meant to happen, it will. I’m open to figuring out what it is. But I also don’t want to let down the original and its fans. I simply would not do something like that for the cash.”

Good to hear!

I don’t know about you, but if Jordan Peele does decide to revisit the world of Get Out again in the future, I will be there. After reading these comments, I have faith the man will not return unless the story deserves it. Money be damned!

Unless… the sequel is called Sell Out… Ooohh. Snap. All jokes aside, in this world of sequels and remakes, it feels pretty damn good to hear a filmmaker talk this way.

What do you think of a Get Out sequel? Do you think the first film needs a continuation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Get Out on Blu-ray HERE.

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Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

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