Infamous 90s FMV horror Night Trap is on its way to Switch

Getting a digital and physical release.

Developer Screaming Villains has announced that infamous (and gloriously naff) 90s FMV horror Night Trap will be making its way to Switch this summer.

Night Trap originally released on the Sega CD back in 1992 (although it was originally planned to launch on Hasbro's ill-fated Control-Vision console in 1989), and tasks player, in the role of a special agent, with running surveillance on a teenage slumber party which quickly falls foul of vampiric intruders.

It's an FMV adventure (as was popular at the time, thanks to the dizzying storage possibilities afforded by the new CD-ROM format), which means that interaction is limited. You watch events unfold through "CCTV cameras", switching between rooms as you see fit. Your overall objective is to trigger traps at the appropriate moments, thwart the invaders, and protect the teens.

Night Trap infamously caused quite a stir shortly after release, finding itself singled-out during a United Senate committee hearing on violent video games - where much froth-mouthed bleating over its supposed gratuitous violence and extreme sexual content occurred. As a result of the controversy it was embroiled in, Night Trap was pulled from sale.

In reality, the game offers a pretty inoffensive B-movie-esque mix of bad acting and silly monster effects, with practically zero titillation and at least one amazing musical number.

Still, the idea that Night Trap would ever come to a Nintendo console seemed laughable in 1993 - mainly because Howard Lincoln, then Senior VP at Nintendo of America, literally told the senate committee (following some reported skullduggery on the company's part) that, "Night Trap will never appear on a Nintendo system". How times have changed!

Night Trap will arrive on Switch in the guise of its 25th Anniversary Edition, which released on PS4 and PC last year. This utilises the original uncompressed video footage, displayed at a much higher resolution than in the Sega CD version, restores a number of deleted scenes, adds a behind the scenes developer commentary, and numerous other goodies.

The Switch edition will be available as a digital download on eShop, but is also getting a physical release courtesy of Limited Run Games. There's no release date beyond a vague "summer", at which point Howard Lincoln will be forced to eat his own words.

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