Name Your Fear finalists selected
- Posted August 7th, 2007 at 01:00 EDT by Eric Blattberg
- 13 Comments
The F.E.A.R. sequel was never announced with a name. The developers instead announced the Name Your Fear contest, in which anybody could submit a name for the next F.E.A.R. Producing over 10,000 entries, the F.E.A.R. team had quite a task on their hands. However, three finalists have finally been selected, described by the team in meticulous detail.
Dead Echo was immediately attractive to the developers because it strongly and concisely captured what we wanted in a name. The term is strong, clear and, from a narrative standpoint, the name fits perfectly with the sequel. In the sequel Alma is dead and the horror and violence set to ensue over the course of the game are echoes and reverberations of her suffering and death. The idea of an echo intrigued us because echoes have the capacity to be eerie and disorienting; it's often difficult to know the origin of an echo. We liked Echo, but thought it was too soft on its own. The addition of the "dead" modifier gives the term teeth and evokes catastrophic emotions. Dead Echo lends itself well to combat action overtones, but also is able to capture a blend of horror and unease.
Project Origin is a strong fan and developer favorite. We received over 400 submissions containing Origin in the name. The second submission of the contest was Project Origin, so we have had the name rattling around in our heads right from the beginning. Project Origin is a natural fit for the title of the sequel because it is the Armacham program from which all of the trouble in the game world originates. The architect of Project Origin, Harlan Wade, used his daughter in a horrific experiment which turned her into the monster that we see in the first game. In the sequel, the repercussions of Project Origin are only beginning to unravel.
The desire to call the game Dark Signal stems from an early storyline concept of the first game. The original fiction of the first game featured a mysterious signal that drew the player-character through the game (this early "signal" concept later evolved into Alma). In the new fiction of the sequel, Dark Signal makes sense because Alma is sending out signals that the player is able to interpret through hallucination and precognition. Replica soldiers have been awoken and are spreading through Auburn in reaction to a mysterious signal. The appropriateness of Dark Signal cannot be entirely explained because the concept is closely tied to some of the mysteries of the story that we don't want to spoil.
Head over to the Name Your Fear website and vote for your favorite entry.
- 8:11pm EDT - August 6th, 2007
yay fear 2. cant wait for the game
- 8:19pm EDT - August 6th, 2007
lame the first one was crap in terms of gameplay and graphix the second will not improve any further!
- 8:22pm EDT - August 6th, 2007
Hope they remove the head from their rectum before trying to pawn off another crap port on us PS3ers
- 8:24pm EDT - August 6th, 2007
I dont like any of the names. Dark, Dead, and Orignin are such overused words in titles, so its kind of lame that these were the 3 favorites out of all the favorites. Its hard for me to believe there was nothing better. Although, if I had to choose, I would vote for Dead Echo (which by the way, PSU, in your article you list it as Dark Echo, so thats a typo.).
- 9:37pm EDT - August 6th, 2007
Thanks thegreatcity, will fix ASAP. With all these dead/dark/dawn names though, it's easy to get confused :).
- 2:41am EDT - August 7th, 2007
dark signal sounds decent
- 3:04am EDT - August 7th, 2007
psn id: gingo..... not looking forward to this game but Dead Echo is the best name out the 3
- 3:28am EDT - August 7th, 2007
Wake me up before the bell rings.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
- 6:33am EDT - August 7th, 2007
dead echo is top notch
- 6:41am EDT - August 7th, 2007
- 10:23am EDT - August 7th, 2007
Dead Echo got my vote.
- 3:01pm EDT - August 7th, 2007
i have the first 1 its was good never played #2 tho..
- 11:33am EDT - August 9th, 2007
really? you cant wait for the game? the first was sucked last gen graphics nothing at all special! I hope they decisde to do something with part 2
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