Bloober Team, the developer behind the Layers of Fear series and The Medium, has stated that it turned down the opportunity to develop a Saw game in favour of making Blair Witch. The decision ultimately boiled down to Saw‘s already established and expansive universe, while Blair Witch gave them a chance to make something completely new.
Speaking to IGN at the recent Digital Dragons conference, Bloober Team CEO Peter Babieno explained how they turned down the offer to make a Saw game, choosing the Blair Witch IP instead due to its less established lore providing them plenty of opportunities to experiment with something new for the franchise.
Babieno’s full comment on the decision reads:
“I was working with our good partner, United Talent Agency. We were meeting many people in the industry from Hollywood. UTA is very recognizable and they have good relations with all major movie studios.
We talked with [multiple studios], and some of them came to us and [said] ‘Okay, guys, you are focusing on horror and we would like to work with you.’ [But] the licensors were very straight: ‘We would like to do this story. We would like to have the game in 2021 [to coincide with our movie launch],” and so on. We decided, ‘Okay, [this is] not what we would like to do.’”
Babieno went on to state that Bloober Team was approached by Lionsgate, the distribution house behind the Saw and Blair Witch franchises, to choose one of their IPs to turn into a video game. Naturally, Bloober Team settled on Blair Witch:
“Lionsgate came to us and said, ‘Guys, we love [Bloober’s breakout game] Layers of Fear. We saw what you are doing with Observer, so we would like to work with you. We know that you would like to do your own games, so please, this is our list of our horror IPs; choose one.’
We could [have chosen] Saw, which is more popular than Blair Witch, but we decided to take Blair Witch because the universe has many opportunities to build something new. That was the reason why we chose this project.”
Meanwhile, it’s rumoured that Bloober Team is currently working on a remake of Silent Hill 2 with Konami and it might be a PS5 exclusive.