- The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is coming to Game Pass, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One in 2023.
- Watch the gameplay reveal trailer below, featuring the unique 3v4 gameplay struggle between The Family and the victims.
- Read on for a brief look into what went into the making of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre!
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of the most notorious tales in all of American horror. Drenched in the desaturated tones of the Texas summer and vibrating with the sounds of metal on metal. How do you bring all of that into an interactive space and create an experience like no other in modern gaming?
Gun Interactive are no strangers to asymmetrical horror multiplayer games, having created one of the blueprints for the genre with Friday the 13th: The Game. But just as every element of Friday the 13th: The Game had to fit the franchise to near obsessive levels, the approach with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre leans on the same authenticity cornerstone while adding in another goal: Innovation.
This approach towards authenticity pertains to not just the film, but the region itself. Complete with photogrammetry and reference scouted from the locations and places seen in the iconic film.The team traveled to Austin and the surrounding area, photographing panoramic skies, every flower, every texture, all the little things that combine to give the greater feeling of being in that part of the country. But this didn’t stop at landscape and vegetation. The original gas station, the relocated family farm house, and every minor detail held within were painstakingly documented and utilized in game.
The study of the film, the region, the tone, and mood are all a part of authenticity for Gun. But what about the sound? Surely if you’ve seen the original 1974 film you’ve noticed that the sound design in the film is layered with uneasy discord and industrial noise woven together to create a form of music like you’ve never heard before. Enter a device like you’ve never seen before: The Apprehension Engine.
Gun CEO and President Wes Keltner sought out an instrument rare in this world, the Apprehension Engine. And with the help of Lead Audio Designer Ross Tregenza from Sumo Digital, they started building something that could deliver the sound of authenticity to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. All the photogrammetry and research, now coupled with building out this unique soundscape to play with, creating tension and releasing it, how does this all go from abstract to interactive? How does that interactive entry innovate as well? Not satisfied with a new skin on our previous entry in the asymmetrical horror genre, innovation became another cornerstone, another pillar to the team at Gun.
Team based, three vs four gameplay and stealth as a primary defense mechanism for the victims was a great start to build off of, to iterate upon, and uncover the core loops within The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The lopsided match structure, the power imbalance between The Family, complete with a chain saw wielding menace, and a cast of victims banded together in desperation to simply survive, this was what the game would ultimately be about. The deck seemingly stacked against you, yet you still fight, you still struggle to free yourself from The Family. These concepts didn’t simply check the box for something different, they shaped the game itself.
Our gang of victims all have complete and detailed backstories, reasons for being the way they are, and now, finally, you get a chance to see just a slice of how that plays out in game. Creating these characters has been massively important to Gun, and every aspect of them had to be fully developed, fully shaped, in order to inform their traits and attributes in game. Knowing that we have five capable characters at your disposal for a four-person team means syncing up with the other players around you to either double their efforts or balance their shortcomings. Cooperation is the strongest tool at their disposal, but single handedly they all are capable of putting up one hell of a fight, in their own unique and distinctive ways.
And so, the stage is set. Maria Flores has gone missing, and local law enforcement seems to have stalled out in their search. Her younger sister Ana, joined by some of Maria’s friends from college, embark on a search mission to find Maria. Play as Julie, Leland, Connie, Sonny, or Ana and face off against The Cook, The Hitchhiker, and of course Leatherface. From the iconic Family house to the gas station, and even a local slaughterhouse, remember to be silent, turn off the lights, and stay in the shadows.
We hope you enjoy the gameplay reveal trailer, and please consider following along on socials (TXChainSawGame on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and Facebook) and keep an eye on The Community Hub for more news!
Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: PowerWash Simulator, Last Call BBS, Escape Academy, and More
We’re back and we’ve got more games to announce (act surprised)! Some are available on day one, some are returning fan favorites (looking at you Yakuza!), but most importantly they are all coming soon (yes, even “today soon”). Let’s jump in!
Last Call BBS (PC) [email protected]
Available on day one with PC Game Pass: Boot up your Z5 Powerlance and dial into Last Call BBS, the last game from Zachtronics! The Barkeep’s loaded up his retro computer with a full set of puzzle games for you to download and play. No need to worry about copy protection, they’re all fully cracked and ready to enjoy.
Yakuza 0 (Cloud, Console, and PC)
The glitz, glamour, and unbridled decadence of the 80s are back in Yakuza 0. Play as Kazuma Kiryu, a low-ranking yakuza, who gets caught in a world of trouble when a simple debt collection goes wrong. Then, step into the silver-toed shoes of Goro Majima and explore his “normal” life as the proprietor of a cabaret club.
Yakuza Kiwami (Cloud, Console, and PC)
1995, Kamurocho. Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, takes the fall for the murder of a crime boss to protect his sworn brother, Akira Nishikiyama, and his childhood friend, Yumi. Experience the story that kicked off the legendary Yakuza series, with all the drama, action, and hilarious minigames you’d expect.
Yakuza Kiwami 2 (Cloud, Console, and PC)
An assassination threatens to erupt an all-out war between the Tojo Clan and the Omi Alliance. Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, must travel to Sotenbori, Osaka to broker peace between the rival clans, but Ryuji Goda, the Dragon of Kansai, will stop at nothing to get his war.
DJMax Respect V (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – July 7
DJMax Respect V is the latest installment from the creators of the critically acclaimed rhythm game franchise DJMax. Experience tracks from popular artists such as Marshmello, Porter Robinson, and Yukika, exclusive Full HD Music Videos, online multiplayer, new game modes, and more!
Matchpoint: Tennis Championships (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – July 7
Available on day one with Game Pass: Matchpoint: Tennis Championships is a modern take on tennis, featuring a true-to-life on-court experience supported by a deep career mode and unique rivalry system. The game places a strong focus on tactical realism, positioning and aiming, allowing the player to move their superstar in exactly the right way to get the most out of their shots.
Road 96 (Cloud, Console, and PC) – July 7
On this risky road trip to the border, you’ll meet incredible characters, and discover their intertwined stories and secrets in an ever-evolving adventure. But every mile opens a choice to make. Your decisions will change your adventure, change the people you meet, maybe even change the world.
Escape Academy (Console and PC) [email protected] – July 14
Available on day one with Game Pass: You’ve just arrived at Escape Academy, a school where promising students train to become the ultimate Escapist. Play over a dozen masterfully hand-crafted rooms, designed by experienced experts in the field of real-life escape rooms.
My Friend Peppa Pig (Cloud, Console, and PC) – July 14
Start a fun-filled adventure with Peppa Pig! Create your character, ring the doorbell, and step into the TV show. Peppa suggests activities everywhere you go, from the Museum to Potato City. Help find Daddy Pig’s glasses, follow forest tracks, splash in muddy puddles, and more. Every playtime is different!
Overwhelm (PC) [email protected] – July 14
You’re outnumbered, low on ammunition and the paranoia sets in. Overwhelm is an action horror-world platformer where enemies get power ups and you don’t. Explore the oppressive caverns of the hive, guided only by a sparse map. As you defeat each of the five unique bosses, their abilities get distributed to the enemies of the world with escalating difficulty.
PAW Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls (Cloud, Console, and PC) – July 14
A big city means a bigger adventure! When Ryder and the PAW Patrol learn that Mayor Humdinger has taken over a buzzing metropolis, they must race into action to save Adventure City from his selfish scheming. The pups need you to join Team PAWsome!
PowerWash Simulator (Cloud, Console, and PC) – July 14
Available on day one with Game Pass: Release the pressure with PowerWash Simulator and wash away your worries with the soothing sounds of high-pressure water. Fire up your power washer and blast away every speck of dirt and grime you can find. Lose yourself to the simple satisfaction of power-washing to a sparkling finish.
In Case You Missed It
House Flipper (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – Available now
This is where your interior design imagination meets gaming! Reach for your best decor, furnishing, and color scheme ideas. As a professional flipper, you’ll be met with tons of makeover opportunities, clients with sublime requirements, and a handful of tools suitable for every job. Learn more here.
Marvel’s Avengers Introduces Jane Foster as The Mighty Thor – Available now
Jane Foster joins the Marvel’s Avengers roster as the Mighty Thor in a free update. She possesses all the strength and power of a God of Thunder, but with human touches all her own. This update adds to a game already packed with content, including a sprawling single-player story campaign, ten playable heroes, and endless multiplayer action for up to four players. Learn more here.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks
Fall Guys: Robo Rabbit Costume – Available now
Battle bizarre obstacles, shove through unruly competitors, and overcome the unbending laws of physics as you stumble towards greatness. Hop your way towards the Crown as Robo Rabbit, the adorable android bunny!
FIFA 22: Supercharge Pack – Available now
Boost your Ultimate Team with the Supercharge Pack, featuring 10 players rated 80 or above and a choice of one of four Team of the Season Loan Players rated 95 and above for five games to help you dominate on the pitch!
MLB The Show 22: Summer Bundle – July 12
Celebrate summer at the ballpark! The MLB The Show 22 Summer Bundle is here, with one Diamond Cover Athlete choice pack, one Diamond Ballplayer Pack, and five The Show Packs. That’s 29 total items!
Halo Infinite: Pass Tense Rocket Warthog Bundle – July 13
Customize your Season 2: Lone Wolves arsenal with the exclusive “Pass Tense” Rocket Warthog Vehicle Coating, four 2XP Boosts and four Challenge Swaps!
Century: Age of Ashes – Krød Slaglands Dragon Bundle – July 14
Unleash the dragons for Season 1! Claim your Krød Slaglands dragon, Armour, Player Icon and XP Booster.
Leaving July 15
The following games are leaving the Game Pass library soon, so be sure to jump back in and tie up any loose ends before they go. Of course, you also have the option to save up to 20% on your purchase to keep them!
- Atomicrops (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Carrion (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Children of Morta (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Cris Tales (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Lethal League Blaze (Cloud, Console, and PC)
That’s a nice collection of games coming to the library if I say so myself. Let us know what you’re looking forward to the most over at @XboxGamePass or @XboxGamePassPC and stick around to the Wire or keep an eye on the Xbox Game Pass Mobile app for updates for when these games are available. Catch you next time!
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