If it takes you more than a few seconds to remember just what exactly the Condemned games were all about, it might be because the last installment came out nearly seven years ago. But Condemned: Criminal Origins and its sequel were pivotal in the evolution of the psychological horror genre, and it appears that the franchise may still have some life left in it.
In a post on his personal Facebook page, Monolith Productions CEO Jace Hall — head of the studio behind Condemned, F.E.A.R. and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor — expressed interest in passing the series off to an indie developer.
“Since I am focused on other things, and will be for quite some time, this franchise is just sitting there,” Hall said. I am contemplating finding an interested and proven Indie development team AND PROVIDING IT TO THEM, so that they can take over the franchise and move it forward.”
Hall then opened the post up to discussion of the idea, suggesting that he’s still testing the waters to see if a studio would be interested in working on a well-known IP. In the era of Amnesia and Outlast, it’s certainly possible for a small team to take over a horror franchise, but the question becomes this: do indie teams need the power of a new IP, and can they afford it, when brand-new horror series have been so successful?