The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay

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Vin Diesel announces new Chronicles of Riddick game

Vin Diesel announces new Chronicles of Riddick game

Escape from Butcher Bay team on board.

Mr. Riddick himself, Vin Diesel, has spilled the beans on a third game in the Chronicles of Riddick series.

The untitled installment is being developed by Starbreeze team members who worked on 2004 prequel Escape from Butcher Bay, which expanded the Riddick movie series' world with its own story.

Diesel's own team at Tigon Studios will also work on the new project, Screencrush reported (thanks, OXM).

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Sat amid a swarm of at best mediocre tie-ins, and at worse soulless cash-grabs, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay stood as a gleaming inverse in a world of film adaptations. Not only was it undeniably good, but it was an adaptation of the small-budget Pitch Black, and even if you consider the at-the-time upcoming bigger-budget blockbuster set in the same universe, it's hard not to feel that the game wouldn't even exist if Vin Diesel hadn't been such a huge fan of both games and the character.

Starbreeze signs Unreal Engine 3 deal

Will Syndicate reboot use Epic's tech?

Starbreeze, maker of The Chronicles of Riddick and The Darkness - and the developer rumoured to be behind EA's unconfirmed Syndicate revival, has signed a long-term licensing deal to use Gears of War engine Unreal Engine 3.

ZeniMax buys MachineGames

Starbreeze alumni using id Tech 5.

ZeniMax Media - the company that owns Bethesda, id, Arkane and Tango - has bought another studio: MachineGames.

Off the Map

Our tribute to the levels designed to confuse rather than guide.

In these heady, three-dimensional times where players are expected to move not just from left to right but also backwards and diagonally and sometimes in strange new directions they may not be comfortable with, level design takes on an all-new meaning. Levels now need to be both playgrounds and delicately constructed pathways. To stop their players wandering around aimlessly like children lost in a supermarket, developers must build their games so as to lead the player with an invisible hand.

Tigon: Hollywood needs to wake up

Videogames are "the Field of Dreams".

Ian Stevens, boss of Vin Diesel's production company Tigon, believes videogames are "the Field of Dreams", and that Hollywood needs to start treating them as more than the proverbial action figure.

Vivendi didn't believe in Riddick, claims Tigon

"Nobody really gave a sh*t."

Vin Diesel's production company Tigon Studios has recalled the struggle that The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay had finding an audience, because "nobody" - not even publisher Vivendi - "really gave a sh*t".

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay

Read about the biggest surprise to hit gaming this year.

It says a lot: sitting with a bunch of journalists that work in the video industry last night, not one of them even knew about The Chronicles Of Riddick, much less that it's the follow-up to Pitch Black, or that it starred Vin Diesel. Given the movie industry's crippling lack of awareness over here, what are the chances of its videogame spin-off having any luck? Suffice to say that too few journalists and magazines are getting excited about the game, and some of them are going to be feeling pretty foolish when the game comes out of nowhere and makes people's eyes pop out of their heads.