Rumoured House of the Dead 1 & 2 remakes officially confirmed

Don't come! Don't come!

Sega's classic light gun arcade shooters House of the Dead 1 & 2 are officially getting the remake treatment, although it doesn't look like they'll be releasing for a while.

News of the remakes first surfaced last month when Polish website Graczpospolita reported that publisher Forever Entertainment (which is also overseeing Switch's Panzer Dragoon 1 & 2 remakes) had signed a deal with Sega to bring enhanced versions of House of the Dead 1 & 2 to "modern platforms", with MegaPixel Studio handling development.

Since then, word on the remakes has languished firmly in rumour territory - until, that is, today, when Forever Entertainment confirmed via tweet that it's signed an agreement to give Sega's much-loved on-rails zombie shooters the makeover treatment.

Unfortunately, no platforms or release dates have been provided as yet, with the publisher writing that it was unable to "say anything more for now".

House of the Dead 1 & 2 originally released in 1996 and 1998 respectively, and Graczpospolita's initial report (as Google translated from Polish) suggested that the remakes would see the now decades-old classics refreshed with "new graphics adapted to modern standards and slightly modified gameplay".

Fans will be thrilled to learn, however, that the original script - brought to legendarily awful life by some of gaming's best-worst voice acting - will reportedly be left in tact. Quite how Forever intends to handle the whole light gun aspect of the experience, though, remains to be seen.

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