The most influential video game in Australia’s history is looking at a re-release, according to one of its creators. Night Trap is infamously known as the game that prompted the Australian video games classification system, which simply did not feature an adults-only rating until 2013.
Now, James Riley, who holds the rights to Night Trap, says he’s planning to re-release the game – originally a launch title for the Sega CD.
Night Trap will come back, in better resolution and game play than before.
Riley has seemingly been persuaded by fans of the game, who have pestered him about remastering and re-releasing the game on new platforms (or at least handing the rights over to someone who will).
His official response came via closed Facebook group:
I appreciate your on-going interest, but please understand I do plan to re-release Night Trap and have been talking with a number of interested parties to do so. However, the specific platform(s) have not been confirmed (including online) and I will let you know once we have a definite plan and release schedule.
The game caused drama and controversy everywhere it went, telling the story of a group of students at a slumber party that is soon overtaken by vampiric Augers. Heavy with full motion video, Night Trap famously included a scene where a female character in a skimpy nightgown is captured by Augers and drained of her blood. This nightgown scene not only impacted on Australia’s video game industry, but also contributed to the creation of the ESRB game industry ratings system, following a series of U.S. Congressional hearings on violent video games.