The House of the Dead: Remake, an updated version of the classic 1996 on-rails arcade shooter, is coming to Nintendo Switch.
Announced as part of Nintendo’s Indie Showcase on Wednesday, The House of the Dead Remake promises updated graphics, updated controls, multiple endings, and the ability to play solo or two-player co-op. The trailer’s description also includes mentions of a “new entourage and gameplay changes,” so it’s possible we’ll see new characters replace the old cast.
That said, Dr. Curien, the first game’s antagonist, makes an appearance at the end of the trailer, so at least one familiar face is returning. The remake is being developed by MegaPixel Studios, the team behind the Panzer Dragoon remake.
Check out the screenshots below.
The House of the Dead Remake – Nintendo Switch Screenshots
The trailer shows briefly shows off a reimagined version of the opening cutscene, as well as what appears to be the main entrance to the titular house, appropriately surrounded by undead. We also get a quick look at some interior locations, like a lab, as well as some sort of large greenhouse.
The original House of the Dead was released in 1996 by Sega, using a lightgun accessory to let players blast their way through undead. The original game spawned five more core sequels, as well as numerous spinoffs, like well-regarded Typing of the Dead, and the considerably less well-regarded Uwe Boll film.
The House of the Dead Remake is scheduled to launch on Nintendo Switch sometime in 2021. MegaPixels has yet to say anything regarding other platforms, or if lightgun peripherals will be useable.
Don’t forget to check out everything announced at Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase if you’re in the mood for some indie gems.
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