has said it wants SAW to become its second great survival horror franchise, and even take the lead over Silent Hill in the genre. The publisher has also released the first screenshots from the game.
currently holds the leadership in the survival horror genre with its popular Silent Hill series, however, after picking up
the in-development SAW game that had been dropped
by bankrupt publisher Brash Entertainment, Konami
now hopes the movie-based game will be its second horror franchise alongside Silent Hill, with even further expectations that it will be the genre-defining title.
David Daniels, director of marketing for Konami, explains:
Because we have leadership in the survival horror genre, we're passionate about it and wanted to find another property on par with 'Silent Hill.' 'Saw' has grossed over $600 million worldwide and sold over 16 million DVDs, so we felt like it was a great opportunity to align ourselves with one of the most successful horror film franchises in history.
Combining action, puzzles, mystery and terror, the game will have an original plot that ties into but is however not entirely adapted from the films. The gameplay is focused on the unusual traps serial killer Jigsaw likes to rig for his tortured victims. You take control of a character in an asylum who has to decide whether and how to solve the puzzles and save Jigsaw's victims.
'Silent Hill' is more about psychological terror, but 'Saw' for us is more about graphic, intense horror that overwhelms you. We want players to turn away from the screen for just a moment because of the visual intensity.
Powered by the Unreal Engine 3, SAW will be released alongside Lionsgate
's SAW VI film in October this year for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.