Sadness is a 2D horror role-playing game being developed for the Wii U by HullBreach Studios and Cthulhi Games, planned to release in 2016.
Sadness originated as a motion-controlled 3D survival horror game, being developed by Nibris for the Wii. After a long series of delays and periods of silence, the game was widely considered vaporware until Nibris' closure in 2010 marked its official cancellation. It would not resurface until May 2014, when HullBreach and Cthulhi announced a revival of the concept for Wii U.
Besides the change from a 3D survival horror game to a 2D RPG, little is known about the current form of Sadness. In an interview with Nintendo Life, Cthulhi's Jeremy Kleve said:
Without a doubt, the original concept is a huge inspiration to us. We will be sticking to the original idea pretty closely, but don't be surprised if there are some changes here and there in terms of characters, mechanics, and setting.
Since this is our own realization of the game, it would not feel right if we did not start from scratch. Besides, we are introducing new elements that were never intended in the original brief, including RPG and puzzle-based mechanics.
A day after the announcement of Cthulhi and HullBreach's revival, a follow-up statement was issued to Eurogamer that they were actually not in possession of the rights to the Sadness IP.
"We very recently have contacted the old developers to obtain rights to the what little IP actually existed and their blessing," Cthuli's Jeremy Kleve wrote. "Should they work against us we are prepared to change the title of the game and drop any usage of their IP, this however will not slow us down in the least since most of their ideas were just ideas.
"Sadness had us intrigued since it began years ago, and we decided recently that we didn't want to let it die off completely. We would have acted sooner if we were capable back then, but as you know the consoles weren't as open to indies as they are now."
"The Sadness IP is in the hands of a consortium with 4 studios currently fighting for the bid, and that while we at HullBreach and Cthulhi would like to make a competing bid and secure rights to Sadness, unfortunately we cannot at this time. Sorry to fans for any inconvenience."
This means the 2D reboot will likely carry a different title in the end when it is released.