That’s right folks, The EA developer Visceral Games is set to make a game based on the real British serial killer; Jack the Ripper. This was stated by an EA spokeswoman alongside the announcement that both upcoming titles, Dante’s Inferno and Dead Space: Extraction will be made without Glen Schofield and Michael Condry.
As an Englishman, I have no doubt that the idea of a game about Jack the Ripper will cause quite a stir. Read on for some background information about the man behind the concept.
Background information on Jack
Jack the Ripper is one of the most infamous serial killers in British history. Never found or convicted for his crimes, he worked in the Whitechapel area which, in 1888, was stricken with great poverty. The name originated from letters that were sent into the London Central News Agency by someone claiming to be the murderer.
All of his victims were women working as prostitutes around the Whitechapel area, most of his victims had their throats cut. 3 of his victims however had some internal organs removed, this led experts at the time to believe he had some surgical knowledge. The amount of precision he used to kill his victims also implied he was the most evil type of killer, one calm and collected about his actions.
I am honestly bewildered as to the direction they will take with this game. It evokes a sensitive subject of murder around a mysterious figure. As the creators of Dead Space are working on this, I highly doubt it would be a game about investigation and clues. I believe you are more likely to play the role of the Ripper himself. I am quite sure that such a style would provoke a frenzy amongst the general media.
Regardless, it will be some time before we hear some conclusive information about this game, none exists yet. Only time will tell how the media react.