Namco's Splatterhouse has gone through a confusing development process – Bottlerocket is at the reigns; no, wait, they're not…no, wait, they are! – but maybe this latest update proves the game is finally on track.
According to Joystiq , there are five new screenshots and the added information that the promising, bloody action title should release during the third quarter of next year. When it was first pushed out of this year, Splatterhouse was given a tentative "early 2010" estimate, which unfortunately has proven inaccurate. And if you've never caught a glimpse of the game before, this latest batch of screens show a slightly different atmospheric palette; it's almost cel-shaded but…not. They also toned down the muscle definition on main character Rick, which seems to be a reversal of the recent trend of overstuffed male heroes. Immensely bloody games tend to have a bizarre cult following ("I'll buy anything that's gory!") but without the polish and fun gameplay, mediocre titles go nowhere. Therefore, perhaps we shouldn't be too annoyed at this delay; if the devs need time, give 'em the time. We'd much rather wait for a quality product and besides, it's not like we're deficient in awesome software right now.
We'll bring you more on Splatterhouse as it becomes available. For now, keep hunting for that hidden U2 treasure chest and please, for the love of God, take some breaks when searching. Don't hurt yourself. 😉
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