There are few arcade shooters that come to mind that embody the feeling of the arcade like The House of the Dead and its sequel. I recall grabbing for those red or blue guns, coated in some sort of greasy film. After plunking in a couple quarters, the games treated you to groaning zombies, popping heads, and corny one-liners. They were perfect. Developer and publisher Forever Entertainment likely recalls those times with equal fondness. The company has announced that it has signed an agreement to remake both The House of the Dead and The House of the Dead 2 arcade games. Hopefully, they will arrive sans gun grease.
The developer dropped the news via Twitter earlier today. Forever Entertainment writes that it confirmed “the signing of the agreement regarding remakes of the games ‘The House of the Dead‘ and ‘The House of the Dead 2.’ Unfortunately, the developer couldn’t reveal the platforms. We’re hoping for a PC release, of course.
Hi Guys! We confirm the signing of the agreement regarding remakes of the games "The House of the Dead" and "The House of the Dead 2". No platforms or release dates have been confirmed, and unfortunately we can’t say anything more for now. Please keep fingers crossed for us and..
— Forever Entertainment (@ForeverEntert) October 3, 2019
Back in 2008, The House of the Dead 2 and its sequel were ported to the Nintendo Wii. The move made sense considering the Wii’s waggle sticks. However, I wouldn’t mind clicking my way through some zombie hoards.
Suffer, like G did
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? You don’t have to be close friends with the AMS to know that The House of the Dead has been a longstanding Sega franchise. Though the series can fly under the radar for many, it has had a rich history. Beginning with the first game in 1998, the on-rails shooting franchise spawned four sequels, a side game on the Wii, as well as a movie that we don’t like to talk about.
Sega also experimented with a spin-off series, The Typing of the Dead, which challenged players to type out words in order to kill zombies. If you haven’t checked out the ludicrous and campy The Typing of the Dead: Overkill on Steam, do yourself a big favor and give it a look.