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Saw II: Flesh & Blood is an upcoming third person survival horror video game developed by Zombie Studios and published by Konami for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and downloadable version for Microsoft Windows platform. It is the sequel to 2009's Saw: The Video Game, both of which are based in the same fictional universe as the Saw films. It is scheduled to be released on October 19, 2010 to coincide with the release of the seventh film, Saw 3D.
Saw II picks up right after Saw: The Video Game when David Tapp's son, Michael, becomes the new protagonist as he searches for clues behind his father's death. In doing so, Michael becomes a target of the Jigsaw Killer (voiced by Tobin Bell) and his mysterious apprentice Pighead. The game expands technically on the previous game, also using the Unreal Engine 3. Gameplay improvements also include the ability to use the environment to combat enemies and a robust and redone combat system based on quick timing and defensive techniques.
Saw II will retain the same gameplay style as the first game, being primarily a third-person survival horror game with action elements. Puzzles of the original game will return, such as the "circuit puzzles", though instead of matching them with the same color, the player will need to match wires of opposite color (red to yellow and vice versa). Lockpicking will also return, but will use a new minigame that has the player manipulate the tumblers to unlock. Environmental puzzles also will be presented in a new way, such as having to turn a flashlight on-and-off in certain areas to show certain clues. Quick-time traps will also be returning. In addition to shotguns being placed behind doors, swinging scythes, closing walls, and loose floorboards are placed throughout certain environments for the player to avoid by pressing a button in a timely fashion.
For the sequel, the entire combat system has been reworked from the original game. There are two types of combat: melee and puzzle-based. Puzzle-based combat encourages the player to use traps or the environment to execute enemies such as opening an elevator shaft as an enemy charges into it to kill them. The other type, melee combat, consists of the player using weapons or their hands and feet to neutralize an enemy. While details have not been revealed yet, the basis of the combat will be on quick maneuvers and defensive reactions to defend the player from aggressive enemies. Timing will also be essential to fighting and neutralizing enemies.
The "Case Files" from the first game will return. The subject of the files will be varied but some will focus on Tapp's testimonies on his raid of Jigsaw's lair and his entrapment in Whitehurst Asylum. A new collectible scattered throughout the game are small Billy the Puppet dolls that can be found to reward the player, though are not required to be found. Players will be able to solve more difficult puzzles in hard to reach areas to obtain the dolls. Rewards for collecting these are unknown so far. Multiple endings will also be returning, but this time around players must complete the game again in its entirety to unlock a different ending due to the decisions made during the game that affect the ending.
Flesh & Blood is set between the second and third films in the series. The new protagonist, Michael, is the son of David Tapp, who begins to seek the cause of his father's death which eventually leads him into conflict with the Jigsaw Killer. The game will reportedly take the player to numerous locations including hotels, factories, sewers, and other places to pursue Jigsaw and find clues behind David Tapp's death.
Following the release of the first Saw video game, Konami stated intentions to turn the franchise license into their next great survival horror franchise. Relying on visual intensity rather than psychological terror, Konami felt both Saw and their other survival horror franchise, Silent Hill, could survive together without competing. Plans for a sequel were further evident when a cryptic "case file" was placed in the first game and an internet job listing by Zombie Inc. for a focus group was released, both pointing to a possible April announcement of a sequel in Los Angeles via press release.
The game was officially announced at Konami's Gamers Night 2010 by a trailer and details accompanying after. The trailer depicted Jigsaw voicing over an anonymous man in the "Venus Fly Trap" cutting his eye out to retrieve a key before failing and being killed. In the same press event, details followed including the new setting between Saw II and Saw III as well as the basic storyline of David Tapp's son and protagonist Michael investigating his death and encountering Jigsaw along the way. Martin Schneider, European Marketing & PR Director for Konami, stated that "[the] original Saw video game gave horror fans and gamers a new outlet to advance their favorite genre, but left them wanting more. Saw 2 will give it to them, but be careful for what you wish for! Our successful partnership with Lionsgate allows us to advance the survival horror genre, giving players the most intense look into the Saw universe ever."
On May 5 it was confirmed that Saw II would be displayed by Konami at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2010. At E3 2010, Tobin Bell was announced to return to voice the Jigsaw Killer as well as lend his likeness to the game; in addition, the subtitle Flesh & Blood was confirmed. The game was also shown at the San Diego Comic-Con 2010 at the Konami booth. In an interview, producer Jaime Benecia stated that all of the characters and plotlines present in the game had to be approved by Lionsgate to fit the canon of the films.
- ↑ Saw 2 - Flesh and Blood. British Board of Film Classification (August 6, 2010). Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Anthony, Gallegos (April 9, 2010). Saw II Hands-on Preview. IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved on April 9, 2010.
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- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Gamasutra (April 9, 2010). "Jigsaw Returns!". Press release. http://www.gamasutra.com/view/pressreleases/57520/Jigsaw_Returns.php. Retrieved April 9, 2010.
- ↑ Cacho, Gieson (April 10, 2010). Saw II, Ninety-Nine Nights II and Lucha Libre AAA wrestling look solid. Mercury News. MediaNews Group. Retrieved on April 11, 2010.
- ↑ Will Saw be Konami's second great horror franchise? (Plus, first screenshots). Variety. Reed Business Information (April 2, 2009). Retrieved on April 11, 2010.
- ↑ Haas, Pete (April 2, 2009). "Konami Wants Saw To Rival Silent Hill". Cinemablend (Blend Games). http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Konami-Wants-Saw-To-Rival-Silent-Hill-16649.html. Retrieved November 23, 2009.
- ↑ Zombie Studios. Saw. (Konami). Xbox 360. (October 6, 2009) "By Oswald McGillicutty: Today, the Jigsaw Killer has revealed what happened to missing game journalists from around the world. In April, In Los Angeles, he will give them a glimpse of what is to come in his next series of reeducation for them. What will be shown is a videogame, but the game itself is much more serious."
- ↑ Focus Testers needed for Game Focus Group (Pioneer Square). Zombie Inc.. Where The Jobs Are (February 15, 2010). Retrieved on April 10, 2010.
- ↑ Hilary Goldstein (May 5, 2010). E3 2010: The Big Games List. IGN Entertainment. News Corporation. Retrieved on May 4, 2010.
- ↑ Lawrence P. Raffel (June 15, 2010). "E3 2010: 'SAW II: Flesh & Blood' Game Official". FEARnet (Horror Entertainment). http://www.fearnet.com/news/b19337_e3_2010_saw_ii_flesh_blood_game_official.html. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
- ↑ BC (July 28, 2010). "Hands on Impression: We've Played 'Saw II: Flesh & Blood'!". Bloody Disgusting (The Collective). http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/videogames/927. Retrieved August 1, 2010.
- ↑ "Saw II Game Has a Release Date". ShockTilYouDrop (CraveOnline Media). August 23, 2010. http://shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=16279. Retrieved August 23, 2010.