What Direction Is the Survival Horror Gaming Genre Heading?
With the recent release of Visceral Game’s Dead Space 3, many fans felt disappointed with the change in direction that the developers took. What was once a franchise horror game that focused heavily on the horror aspect of the game, has transformed into a franchise that has shifted into focusing more on the action aspect.
The decision to shift towards this style of game was made mainly due to the financial aspect of business. The game developers decided that if they made Dead Space 3 have a lot of action in the game, even at the expense of the horror elements, the game would sell more copies and overall be more successful than if they had just focused entirely on the survival horror aspect. What does this mean for the survival horror games as a whole is up for debate.
Many people need to realize that the survival horror genre has a relatively small fan base when compared to other genres of gaming. Developers have realized that if they want to make a game with survival horror elements they can capture the attention of this small niche of gamers. At the same time, developers can make a game with horror elements, but also have the game contain and even focus more on another more popular genre.
For instance, with Dead Space 3 Visceral Games had delved more into the action aspect of gaming, which in turn captured the attention of many gamers who had previously paid no attention to the survival horror genre. With this change the game was able to sell more copies, and appeal to a larger assortment of gamers, the future of survival horror gaming hangs in the balance.
Many survival horror gamers seem outraged at this recent realization, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. While many people were disappointed with the way Dead Space 3 turned out in regards to the survival horror feeling players once felt with the franchise, this change has allowed a large number of people who previously wanted nothing to do with this horror genre to try it out.
With this increase of fans to the survival horror genre, more and more developers may try to delve into this field. As a result we may eventually get more survival horror games being developed by the major game developers.