Monolith's Bad News: Atari Cancels Blood Re-Make
Former Monolith CEO Jace Hall informed fans that Atari will not be devloping an enhanced version of the 1998's FPS Blood. Hall took to The Postmortem Blood forum to tell fans the sad news.
"I just got an unusually short, one sentence e-mail from Atari, letting me know that given the current set of circumstances, they are choosing to decline to proceed," Wrote Hall. "Obviously, I am disappointed. Particularly given Atari's continued encouragement along with the amount of time, effort and correspondence that I have put into this venture."
"The only thing that can be done at this point is to wait and see what happens with ATARI, and hope that they find themselves in a position and mindset to allow my efforts to continue on this matter at a future date."
The decision to cancel production is likely connected to Atari's bankruptcy filing at the end of January. Hall had planned to add some technical updates to make the original Blood "all about gameplay and fun," releasing it for free and on "all platforms." The keyword there is free. Money talks, and a company often doesn't invest in a prorect if there's no potential for a return.
This development doesn't mean the end for a Blood re-make, but it is a serious bump in the road.
Until some other company comes along, fans can still enjoy a Blood-y good time. The game is currently available from the GOG service, complete with the Plasma Pak and Cryptic Passage expansion packs.