Last year's Daymare 1998 has an interesting origin story to it. The game was originally the result of work that Invader Studios was doing on a fan-made remake of Resident Evil 2 (titled Resident Evil 2 Reborn). This was before Capcom ultimately made their own official remake, but the fan-made remake got so much attention that Capcom invited the creative team to their Osaka HQ in 2015 where they asked them to cancel development of the game. After the meeting, and at the suggestion from the producers of Capcom themselves, the team decided to create an original IP later called Daymare: 1998 but the meeting with Capcom afforded them to gain the director of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis who agreed to join the project as Associate Producer along with Resident Evil artist Satoshi Nakai joined the team. A game that now has a prequel coming titled Daymare: 1994 Sandcastle, announced today to be coming out next year for PC (via Steam) as well as PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Check out the official announcement trailer below:
The first game dealt with three different perspectives surrounding the leak of an extremely lethal experimental BC weapon in a small town in Idaho named Keen Sight and featured classic survival horror akin to Resident Evil. The prequel's story is being kept underwraps though it's been confirmed players will assume the role of Dalila Reyes, an ex-government spy now employed by H.A.D.E.S. (Hexacore Advanced Division for Extraction and Search). H.A.D.E.S. in the first game was much like S.T.A.R.S. in the Resident Evil games, a special unit that was sent to by the Department of Defense Sandcastle to Keen Sight to investigate the leak. All that is known about the story to the prequel is that Reyes will arrive in Keen Sight prior to the events of the first game. Stay tuned!