Bandai Namco’s E3 Recap

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By: Elida Velado/ Staff Writer

Bandai Namco’s showcase on the last day of E3 focused on its upcoming video game release named House of Ashes.

House of Ashes is a part of the Dark Pictures anthology series and is set to launch on Oct. 22nd, 2021. It will be available on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, and PS5. 

During the showcase, E3 viewers watched the House of Ashes trailer and an interview with the executive producer of the game Dan McDonald. 

In the House of Ashes presentation, it was revealed the game takes place during the Iraq war of 2003 with a group of soldiers looking for weapons of mass destruction only to encounter an underground city filled with monsters when a firefight breaks out between the American and Iraqi soldiers. 

According to its executive producer, the game could be filled with three to hundreds of monsters. McDonald stated the creators gained influence for its theme and setting from the God-King Naram-Sin and the Akkadian empire. 

As the game progresses, with modern explorers and soldiers trying to unearth an ancient mystery in a forgotten temple in Iraq, they will confront supernatural elements such as monsters that can tear the soldiers apart.  

The game features over 60 possible unique deaths for the players to fall victim to. The viewer will be immersed in gore and tight, constricting tunnels with limited visibility in the dark environment.

While the Dark Pictures anthology series will still feature jump scares the game’s fans have come to anticipate, it will now take on a whole new level. 

McDonald explained how fan feedback on the Dark Pictures series will now allow its player’s free camera angle usage to experience the entirety of its environment. 

When creating House of Ashes, the creators had to develop new unique ways to scare their viewers due to the free camera angle usage. 

Players can expect this game to delve into Mesopotamian mythology and commentary on the United States’ involvement in the Middle East. 

If you would like to view the House of Ashes trailer, click this link!

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