Next week in Japan, the JAMMA Expo will take place and with it, new games will be announced. As is typical, some of those announcements come before the show and today Namco has unveiled a new horror light-gun game that uses 3D. Called Dark Escape 3D, we don’t have much information beyond that, and the image above of the very eye-catching cabinet. Judging by this theater cabinet, my guess is that they have shelved Deadstorm Pirates 3D which was supposed to be released this summer in favor of this new game. With that my guess will also have to be mounted light-guns, possibly some other control element(DSP had the pirate wheel, perhaps this will have something new and unique to add as well). What should be interesting is if they will have come up with their own autostereoscopic 3D display to compete with Sega’s Let’s Go Island 3D or if it will use glasses. We’ll know soon enough as JAMMA takes place next week. Horror games usually seem to do well in arcades, I have an old Midway CarnEvil at my arcade that still does nicely for the age.
It’s worth noting that Namco America plans to bring this game over to the US so we’ll pay extra attention to this one when more details become available.
This won’t be the only title Namco will be showing off, as they will also be showcasing Maximum Tune 4 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2, among others. We’ll be keeping an eye on the event in case there is anything else, along with details on this game when they come along.