The 7th Guest was a pivotal game for the PC in the early-1990s, which, along with the original Myst, served to show the direction that modern, CD-ROM-based gaming could head. The game dropped players in a creepy, photorealistic house that had many intricate puzzles to solve, live-action FMV cutscenes to watch in order to see the game’s story unfold, and a haunting soundtrack that really stuck with you. Its 1995 sequel, The 11th Hour, also kept pace, bringing players back to the old Stauf Mansion to live through a new nightmare. Yet, the planned third game, called The Collector, which was under development about ten years ago for release on the PC and the original Xbox, never saw the light of day, and developer Trilobyte fell under hard times.
Now, ten years later, and twenty years after the first game’s release, the company has announced that an official third game is in the works. While details are fairly scarce, they say that the game will once again involve the iconic mansion, have a slew of familiar and devilishly-new puzzles to solve, and will appeal to gamers of the older generation as well as new players. The game is set to release sometime in 2014, probably towards the end of the year, and is being developed for iOS, Android, and PC. They even will do some crowd funding via Kickstarter to help build up funds.
As this is a game I fondly remember from when I was young, and a game that creeped me out at the time, I am definitely looking forward to seeing where this new entry heads!
Meanwhile, a very high-production fan-game called The 13th Doll has been in the works for some time now, and you can find that project right here.