If you remember Blood, chances are you were a little bit pleased to know that developer Jason Hall had started working on an updated version of the cult first-person shooter. He planned to release the new-look game across a handful of platforms, for free, just for the love of gaming. Unfortunately, this is all now in the past tense, as Hall has hit a pretty sizeable roadblock: Atari.
The plan had been in the works now since August 2012, with Hall actively seeking the Blood community’s feedback at every step, and working towards bringing the game back “properly”.
However, it seems rights-holder Atari had other plans.
Hall broke the news to the Postmortem Blood community, published here in its entirety:
I just got an unusually short, one sentence e-mail from Atari, letting me know that given the current set of circumstances, they are choosing to decline to proceed.
Obviously, I am disappointed. Particularly given Atari’s continued encouragement along with the amount of time, effort and correspondence that I have put into this venture.
The only thing that can be done at this point is to wait and see what happens with ATARI, and hope that they find themselves in a position and mindset to allow my efforts to continue on this matter at a future date.
Hall is currently CEO and founder of Monolith Productions, the studio which finished development on Blood for PC, back in 1997. The game had originally been started at Duke Nukem studio 3D Realms, who then got sidetracked by Shadow Warrior and sold the Blood rights to Monolith.