Inventive PS2 Horror The Thing May Infect PS5, PS4 1

We’re in an all-new era of video game preservation, where classics are being re-released on contemporary platforms at an alarming rate. Nightdive Studios is one of the developers leading the charge, regularly resurrecting the retro masterpieces of yore, like System Shock and Blade Runner. And its next target appears to be The Thing, the legendary PS2 adaptation of John Carpenter’s iconic horror movie.

For those who didn’t play the original all the way back in 2002, it had some incredibly ambitious and imaginative gameplay mechanics. For example, you’d need to earn the trust of your squad, otherwise they’d start to think you may be The Thing and turn on you. You’d also need to keep your teammates calm to prevent them from going insane and potentially committing suicide. The game was janky and the systems didn’t always work, but it was forward-thinking stuff.

Writing on social media, Nightdive Studios asked: “Who wants to guess the game we'll be announcing this Friday at IGN Live?” It then attached an image of some cropped artwork from The Thing’s box, with the colours altered to throw fans off the scent. Presumably, this will release on PS5 and PS4 much like the dev’s other projects.

It’ll be interesting to see whether any adjustments will be made to the original game, because as mentioned, not all of its ideas came together. But as far as horror titles go, this certainly brought some brilliant ideas to the table, and it’s going to be fantastic to see it readily available for a modern audience in the hopefully not-too distant future.