Clive Barker's new videogame

Author teams up with Codies.

Horror author Clive Barker has signed a deal with Codemasters to produce a new action game for PC and unspecified next-gen consoles.

Titled Clive Barker's Jericho, it's going to "up the stakes in visuals and phantasmogorical special effects", apparently, taking elements from the author's books and films.

It all begins when a lost city mysteriously reappears in the middle of the desert - bringing with it an ancient evil. A Special Forces squad trained in both conventional warfare and the arcane arts is sent in to hunt down and destroy said evil - if they fail, the whole of humanity will end up wiped out.

"This project is very close to my heart and I don't believe there's ever been anything like it. It promises to be the most spectacular, creative, and unflinching realisation of a Clive Barker nightmare that will drag players in kicking and screaming," Barker said.

"Players will constantly be given new challenges, new environments, and yes, new horrors and abominations to face every step of the way. However, unlike a conventional game in which the characters are attempting to escape at the end of their ride through Hell, our protagonists have a much more difficult task.

"The closer they come to the end of their trek into darkness, the nearer they get to the source of that darkness: Evil Incarnate, we'll call it for now..." Maybe they'll change its name to Steve or something later.

Clive Barker's Jericho is slated for a late 2007 launch.

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