Fear Effect, the classic horror action series from the PSone era, is making a comeback on Kickstarter. The game will not be developed by Square Enix, but rather by a small French indie studio called Sushee with the publisher’s “blessing”.
The new Fear Effect, titled Fear Effect Sedna, won’t follow the same formula as the two previous games in the series (and the cancelled third one). Instead, it will be an isometric turn-based tactical action game inspired by the likes of Shadowrun Returns.
Sushee founder Benjamin Anseaume spoke with Eurogamer about what Fear Effect fans should expect from Sedna. “Fear Effect was back in the 90s and 2000s a triple-A game. Our Fear Effect is an indie game,” he said.
“So players have to expect major changes both in terms of the gameplay and the visuals. We are a small team of 10 people. We are not Kronos. We are an indie team. We want to make something that respects the series, but it’s not going to be Fear Effect 3. It’s going to be a new Fear Effect with new gameplay.”
Players will control up to five different character at once, including the four main character from the series: Hana, Rain Qin, Royce Glas and Jacob “Deke” DeCourt, there will also be a few new characters created by Sushee. These characters will work together during combat, combining their offensive and defensive abilities for maximum effect.
As for the story, Fear Effect Sedna will be a sequel to Fear Effect Inferno, the unreleased third game in the series. Inferno was supposed to tell Hana’s journey though Hell after she died, and Sedna will pick up right after she manages to cross back to the land of the living. Free from her Triad masters, Hana and her team are now mercenaries working on their own.
If you’re a Fear Effect fan, or just like the idea of another game like Shadowrun Returns, you’ll be happy to know that the Kickstarter campaign for Fear Effect Sedna will launch on April 12. The goal is to raise €100,000 and release the game on PC by mid 2017. Console versions are a stretch goal, so you better spread the word.