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Starbreeze Isn’t Making the New Riddick Game

If Vin Diesel has assembled a new team, it's truly a new team.

News spread today about a new Riddick game, thanks to some offhand comments by actor Vin Diesel to Screen Crush.

“My diehard gamers want Tigon to deliver the third chapter in the Riddick game[s],” said Diesel, “and we just over the past couple of months, just this year, [we] reassembled that team from Starbreeze that brought Escape from Butcher Bay to create the third game.”

Diesel did not elaborate, but I can confirm Starbreeze is not making this new Riddick game. The current iteration of Starbreeze, high off the release of the emotionally charged Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, told me it’s not involved.

This makes sense, as many of the ex-Riddick developers left Starbreeze to form MachineGames, which is currently working on Wolfenstein: The New Order for id Software. Given that MachineGames is wholly owned by id Software’s parent company, ZeniMax, it seems unlikely MachineGames is creating this third Riddick game. Who, then, is developing the next Riddick?

Diesel started his own game company, Tigon Studios, back in 2002. It was responsible for collaborating to create the acclaimed Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay with Starbreeze, the less acclaimed Wheelman, and a disappointing Riddick follow-up, Assault on Dark Athena. Tigon Studios tried to get many games off the ground but none materialized, and the company has been radio silent the last several years.

My attempts to contact Tigon Studios went awry. The company’s website, which hasn’t been updated in years, lists only a contact email address that resulted in my inquiry bouncing back.

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Posted by OllyOxenFree

Wanna live? Get a shiv.

Posted by AKTANE

So when you say disappointing.... didnt Giant Bomb give it a 4 stars?? I guess it can still be disappointing... hmmm I was going to go back and play it until you had said that ....

Posted by Doskias

Well that's disappointing. Whoever's making the new Riddick game, I hope it turns out to be good.

Posted by FoxMulder

@aktane said:

So when you say disappointing.... didnt Giant Bomb give it a 4 stars?? I guess it can still be disappointing... hmmm I was going to go back and play it until you had said that ....

You do realize that Brad did that review and that reviews aren't a universal agreement between all the GB dudes?

Posted by AKTANE

@foxmulder: Fair enough, I guess Patrick found it to be disappointing, to your point? I guess there was a reason I didn't play it when it came out either, and I think for me it was just the thought of dropping the focus from hand to hand combat to gunplay, which I thought was honestly very weak in that first game.

Posted by ColdsnapBryan

Don't tell Vin Diesel what he can't do.

Posted by patrickklepek

@aktane said:

So when you say disappointing.... didnt Giant Bomb give it a 4 stars?? I guess it can still be disappointing... hmmm I was going to go back and play it until you had said that ....

Brad's DOTA'ing has tainted his entire review history!!!

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Posted by cikame

I liked Dark Athena, it wasn't as well realised as Butcher Bay but it had some of the best performances from characters i've seen in any video game ever.

Posted by mrfluke

wait the riddick guys are making wolfenstein? i played that game, it doesnt seem that great :(.

Posted by ZmillA

mad SCOOPS up in here

Posted by MooseyMcMan

Man, I really should play that first Riddick game.

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Posted by cAnDyMaN69666

Man I hope this game comes out and is good. I loved the other two and I think the fiction in the riddick universe is really good (new movie as well is pretty damn good)

Posted by CrystaljDesign

Saw the new movie this past weekend, it was actually pretty good! Good on ya, Vin!

Posted by GalacticGravy

Awww.....

Edited by chilibean_3

You have to put "I'm looking for a job" in the heading of those e-mails Patrick or you will never get an answer.

Posted by CrystaljDesign

Saw the new movie this past weekend, it was actually pretty good! Good on ya, Vin!

Posted by ArbitraryWater

Fun Fact: I totally own Assault on Dark Athena and have never even installed it. Of course, hearsay suggests that Butcher Bay is the superior half of the game anyways.

Posted by KittyVonDoom

Breaking news: This thing that wasn't happening is still not happening?

It only got 4 Stars? Gross. Might as well throw that in the garbage.

Edited by Mento

I actually liked Dark Athena more than Butcher Bay. It had some crappy moments like the spider turrets and the insta-death stealth sections, but the weird, dark and expansive ship of the title was more interesting than that sandy jail, Xzibit prison wardens notwithstanding. It's kind of like the Chronicles of Riddick movie in that respect: some great ideas that were ultimately let down with some equally bad ones.

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Posted by fisk0

Fun Fact: I totally own Assault on Dark Athena and have never even installed it. Of course, hearsay suggests that Butcher Bay is the superior half of the game anyways.

I own three copies of Assault on Dark Athena (one for PS3 and two for PC), and I haven't installed either of them (nor my copy of the original Buther Bay for PC).

Posted by GorillaMoPena

Patrick, get us the Vin Diesel Dumptruck we need.

Posted by granderojo
Posted by Xpgamer7

@patrickklepek: So what you're saying is DMC is bad game right? Totally not worth getting because it's tainted with the seeds of DOTA.

Posted by Xpgamer7

@patrickklepek: So what you're saying is DMC is bad game right? Totally not worth getting because it's tainted with the seeds of DOTA.

Posted by PXAbstraction

Patrick, get us the Vin Diesel Dumptruck we need.

Most dumptrucks do run on Deisel.

Edited by theveej

SCOOOOOOPS

Edited by iAmJohn

Honestly I think it's less that Assault on Dark Athena was disappointing and more that Escape from Butcher Bay's mechanics really didn't hold up.

That said, the new movie was fucking awesome.

Posted by meteora3255
@aktane said:

So when you say disappointing.... didnt Giant Bomb give it a 4 stars?? I guess it can still be disappointing... hmmm I was going to go back and play it until you had said that ....

Assault on Dark Athena contained Butcher Bay and the new Dark Athena content. Most people found the Dark Athena content to be lacking while finding the HD update of Butcher Bay to still be pretty great. 4 stars for the whole package, not just Dark Athena.

Posted by xite

Just let Vin Diesel make that DnD game you know he really wants to make.

Posted by CptBedlam

@aktane said:

So when you say disappointing.... didnt Giant Bomb give it a 4 stars?? I guess it can still be disappointing... hmmm I was going to go back and play it until you had said that ....

Assault on Dark Athena contained Butcher Bay and the new Dark Athena content. Most people found the Dark Athena content to be lacking while finding the HD update of Butcher Bay to still be pretty great. 4 stars for the whole package, not just Dark Athena.

I think I like Dark Athena even better than the main game. The atmosphere and sense of place on the spaceship was great.

Edited by BoOzak

@cikame said:

I liked Dark Athena, it wasn't as well realised as Butcher Bay but it had some of the best performances from characters i've seen in any video game ever.

I personally thought Michelle Forbes was a much better antagonist than Xzibit.

@fisk0 said:

@arbitrarywater said:

Fun Fact: I totally own Assault on Dark Athena and have never even installed it. Of course, hearsay suggests that Butcher Bay is the superior half of the game anyways.

I own three copies of Assault on Dark Athena (one for PS3 and two for PC), and I haven't installed either of them (nor my copy of the original Buther Bay for PC).

Just aswell, the PC version of Dark Athena is a terribly optimized and broken port. Butcher Bay Directors Cut was pretty good though.

I thought Dark Athena was decent. I did play Butcher Bay back when it came out on the Xbox and enjoyed it but I didnt think it was amazing like some people did. And playing both games back to back made me appreciate how Dark Athena managed to break up the stealth mechanics. Obviously it's smaller in scope since it's more of an expansion but if you enjoyed the original and dont view it through rose tinted glasses you should enjoy it.

Anyway, i'm sure Vin just ment that some of the people who worked on TCOR are working on this new game, either ex Starbreeze or Tigon people. Although "reassembled" is kind of a weird way of putting it. Either way i'm excited for a new dark sci-fi game that isnt a shooter. (presumably)

Edited by GaspoweR

@aktane: I think he was saying that in terms of how the game is compared to Escape from Butcher Bay which a lot of people considered to be a far better game than Assault on Dark Athena (which focused more on gunplay which was not as great as the melee combat or stealth gameplay) but it is not at all indicative of the overall quality of the game since a lot of reviewers did give it pretty good scores despite it not living up to the expectations of the previous game.

Edited by GaspoweR

@patrickklepek said:

@aktane said:

So when you say disappointing.... didnt Giant Bomb give it a 4 stars?? I guess it can still be disappointing... hmmm I was going to go back and play it until you had said that ....

Brad's DOTA'ing has tainted his entire review history!!!

BLASPHEMOUS!!! Don't you DARE accuse Brad's DOTA obsession to be reflective of his overall ability as a reviewer! There is nothing wrong at waking up at 4 in the morning on a week day in order to play a match before coming in to work! Nothing wrong with that at all!! That's just Brad showing great time management and dedication to his craft as a professional games person!!! >:(

Edited by Strife777

If there's one thing you have to give Vin Diesel props for, it's his dedication. Good for him.

I've never played the Riddick games, but I've only heard good things.

Edited by advent_crash

Disappointing follow up? Assault on Dark Athena got pretty high reviews and I loved it just as much as Butcher Bay honestly. Those are my two favorite stealth games next to the Metal Gear series.

As for the new movie? Meh, 3 out of 5. It's okay. . . Yeah.

Edited by MrGtD

Starbreeze is having a hell of a year. Payday 2 is awesome despite what some people on a website about video games might say, and I haven't played Brothers but I bet it's just as good as everyone says.

Posted by jasondesante

in other words vin diesel is a bullshit artist

Edited by Fistfulofmetal

I would assume if you want to get a comment you just need to try and get a hold of the big man himself. I'm sure Vin would be receptive if you went through the right channels.

Posted by Roger778

I'm really excited that a new Riddick game is being made. Whether it's Tigon Studios, or Starbreeze Studios that's making it, I'll still buy it on it's first week.

Edited by MarkWahlberg

Man, I really should play that first Riddick game.

I tried it a year or two ago, didn't get very far. It was mildly interesting but I don't know that the mechanics hold up that well. Way more running back and forth on errands than I expected. Fun if you like the Riddick universe, though.

Posted by Milkman

I tried to play through the original game for the first time when Dark Athena came out and the whole thing felt really dated. I think I quit when the game had some terrible sequence where you had to control a robot. I remember the prison part being pretty cool though.

Posted by McGhee

I hope he does it, man. I love Riddick.

Posted by AKTANE

@aktane said:

So when you say disappointing.... didnt Giant Bomb give it a 4 stars?? I guess it can still be disappointing... hmmm I was going to go back and play it until you had said that ....

Brad's DOTA'ing has tainted his entire review history!!!

Bradley Nooooooooo.... You have still yet to review Brothers!! Justify your early top 10 pick with some "archival writing" Or maybe it was it the handlebar moustache that one time? I always felt like something changed inside Brad forever after that moment....

Edited by HellBound

@foxmulder: Then Patrick shouldn't label it disappointing.

Posted by Soviet666

Anyone thought it was Starbreeze? Diesel's statement is pretty clear.

Posted by Soviet666

Anyone thought it was Starbreeze? Diesel's statement is pretty clear.

Edited by Tru3_Blu3

Butcher Bay was a masterful game when it came out. I don't think the geniuses behind it will ever make something as intelligent.

Posted by Cybexx

I saw Riddick on Sunday, it has a great first act and the rest of it is a decent rehash of Pitch Black. I came out of it really hoping for another game because to me Escape from Butcher Bay is easily the best form of Riddick (The AI bugs in Dark Athena kinda bummed me out a bit). So happy to hear there is something in the works and cool to hear they are trying to pull the old team back together, we will see what that actually means.

Posted by Palaeomerus
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@aktane said:

So when you say disappointing.... didnt Giant Bomb give it a 4 stars?? I guess it can still be disappointing... hmmm I was going to go back and play it until you had said that ....

Brad's DOTA'ing has tainted his entire review history!!!

I know you probably meant this as a joke, but it's completely true. Also the five star Diablo 3 review, after which he seemed to not care even a little bit about D3 anymore.

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