It's been 25 years since the full-motion-video game Night Trap was released, and now it's coming to PS4 and Xbox One this spring.
Night Trap was never a great game, but it was a well-known one, thanks in large part to the controversy surrounding it. After its release in October of 1992, it ended up being cited in Congressional hearings, where the game was called "shameful," "ultra-violent," "sick," and "disgusting," encouraging an "effort to trap and kill women." Along with Mortal Kombat, Lethal Enforcers, and Doom, Night Trap is considered to be one of the games that led to the creation of the ESRB ratings system. Of course, it's interesting to note that the game that was one of the most controversial titles in 1993 is now being re-released with a "T for Teen" rating from the ESRB.
There will be a digital and physical release of the classic title. The physical release, which will only be available for PS4, is being published by Limited Run Games, and will feature three different covers, each representing one of the three US Sega CD releases. The game will also be released digitally for PS4 and Xbox One. In a tweet today, Limited Run said that the game's video has "been recaptured from the cleanest surviving source material."
There was an effort to bring the game to modern consoles back in 2014, but the $330,000 Kickstarter campaign failed, raising just under $40,000.
Development on the new version is being done by Screaming Villains, who is also offering the Night Trap theme song as a free download on its website. While there is a release window - Spring 2017 - there's no hard date just yet.