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Rumour: Sadness Still in Development With Update by the End of the Year

Posted by Trevor Chan

Will it? Won't it? The mystery continues...

Since it was something that was much-talked about many years ago, let us refresh your memory a little. Remember that spooky-looking game for the Wii that was in development by Nibris? What was it called, again? Ah yes, Sadness. Well, the game that no one's seen seems to be making a bit of a resurgence as the latest rumour suggests.

The Nibris YouTube channel posted a comment on its front page about a month ago, reigniting the long-extinguished hopes of gamers wishing to see this psychological survival game actually make it to retail:

Greeting, Significant progress is being made on our Flagship title, Sadness. Expect update by holiday 2010.

Whether or not this channel is legit remains to be seen, but it was created three months prior to the company's first set of announcements on their website. When N-Europe spoke to an ex-staff member at Nibris, Adam Artur Antolski, it became clear that the majority of Sadness' development was slowed down by the difference of opinion within the team. With no head programmer to lead the way, all the studio had to show for a year's work was a 3D minecart and the name.

With the game apparently getting scrapped, the composer Arkadiusz Reikowski, decided to make the soundtrack available to download. Although work-in-progress, it seemed like that was all gamers were getting. So what (if anything) will we see of this game before the end of 2010? Let's hope it's something more significant than a 3D torch.

[via youtube.com]

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User Comments (22)

grenworthshero

#1

grenworthshero said:

Whoa! I forgot about this game...
Sounds like another Duke Nukem Forever, to me: "We're doing stuff, we promise. We'll give you another update soon telling you we're still doing stuff" That's what I got from that quote.

FonistofCruxis

#2

FonistofCruxis said:

I was one of the hopeful people that beleived that it would eventually come out until the composer said that it had been abandoned in April. After that I thought it was cancelled. I wonder if it will ever be released.

y0ss4ri4n

#7

y0ss4ri4n said:

I care. I care a lot. This along with 'Winter' this was on my most wanted list of vapourware. I'm a sucker for atmospheric psychological horror and this ticks all the boxes.

Sabrewing

#8

Sabrewing said:

Those ! They haven't even touched their own website in over a year.

http://www.nibris.net/projekty_sadness_en.html

There's also been a lot of rumors stating that the above linked YouTube account isn't even owned by the company, since they feel the need to spell the account name with 1's rather than I's.

Having been someone who willingly fell victim to the promise behind their initial 2006 trailer (which is where all those screenshots come from), I would normally say that I feel betrayed by them never producing anything in five years and going, but it's my own fault for encouraging them to talk me up. At least I never sent them any of my own money as a donation.

MasterGraveheart

#9

MasterGraveheart said:

I haven't forgotten about Sadness, and I'm glad it isn't nixed yet. I remember it, Project H.A.M.M.E.R., and Disaster: Day of Crisis were three new franchise titles I was looking forward to. Neither are here... :(

siavm

#10

siavm said:

Well seeing as how the company has not made any games, updated their site since 2008, released a trailer with gameplay footage, and not talked to the game press I find that hard to believe. When the trailer was released it looked promising but that was years ago. And seeing how they were independent with no other games giving them income they had to have gone bankrupt, if they even were that big. So even if the game is released next year, it would be an awful game. Unless this is now a download game I don't see it coming. And even then it would probably be an indy game on XBL.

RaylaxStaff

#12

Raylax said:

@Sabrewing: Wow dude, take a reality check. A company ditched a videogame, they didn't start killing orphans. Chill out.

Kid_A

#13

Kid_A said:

That's the coolest screenshot ever. I really hope they do something with this.

Sneaker13

#14

Sneaker13 said:

This was the first title that really made me excited about the Wii. I love horror, I love FMV and I love adventure games. This looked like a game that was perfect for the Wii. So I hope that end 2010, we will get an awesome update.

Yosher

#15

Yosher said:

Hrmm.. best not get your hopes up too much or this game will CAUSE a lot of sadness. Just wait and see. Besides, even if it does get released, who's to say it will even be a good game? Since Duke Nukem Forever is likely to get a release now, I have a hunch this game will take over that game's torch as being delayed again, and again, and again, then being cancelled, and being re-announced, being delayed, again, and again, yadayada... you guys know the drill.

Objection

#17

Objection said:

@graveheart agreed, i want all those titles to come out/be localized for NA. ANd Captain Rainbow, lol.

Hey, I'll hold out a lil hope for this title. But I'll believe it when I see it.

HappyHappy

#18

HappyHappy said:

If I remember correctly this game was to be launch title on the Wii and 4 years later they plan to bring it back? Somehow I doubt this game will see the light of day.

TLOZfreak

#20

TLOZfreak said:

wow!!! Ive been following this game in like forever!!! they promissed a trailer for 2008 but it didn't happen.. hopefully it will get released!! im buying it even if its the crappiest game ever.. only because it has made me suffer o so much..

MeloMan

#22

MeloMan said:

Winter, this... I forgot about these two until they were mentioned. I too like these psychological games and have yet to pick up Cursed Mountain and Silent Hill. Ah well... these days my time is limited anyway-- if these games still come out great, if not, oh well, that's the videogame industry life.

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