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Thursday, 18 June 2009

Lars von Trier's Antichrist to spawn a Video Game?

Just had to check the date. It is definitely not 1st April so this may in fact be true.

Antichrist is the new movie from Lars Von Trier it was met with laughter and outrage by critics in Cannes.

A couple (Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg) mourning the loss of their child retreat to a cabin in the woods, where they soon encounter strange, terrifying occurrences. Cruelty between the sexes ensues.

Now according to /Film it is being turned into a video game. An article on Politiken.dk (Google translation) announced the games development.

Morten Iversen, who wrote the Hitman games, is listed as ‘game developer’ on the main Zentropa website.

The game, called Eden (which was the name of the cottage in the film) , will be a first-person thriller/adventure game that apparantly invites players to confront their fears. Willem Dafoe is meant to be reprising his role in voice-over, though the game will not replicate the film, picking up afterward instead.

The experience will be “strong and very personal,” “controversial” and that it “…must be your own personal hell - a bit like a nightmare version of Myst. It will also apparantly pull information from the net, such as news reports and videos, and add them to the gaming experience

“They are based on what fears you have (part of the questions you answer before starting the game). So if you suffer from arachnophobia the articles are likely to contain something about spiders and what not.”

Eden will be a PC title, and while early in development is planned for a release within a year, potentially either on the Antichrist DVD or as a download.

It does sound like it could be quite an interesting game, but it doesn seem like an odd film to base it on. Is it real or not? Would you play it?

Discuss in the forum or leave a comment below.