Of some movies or books, it is a mortal sin that a game of them has never come out. This is somewhat understandable because games based on movies are pretty rubbish, and vice versa. Still, WANT editor Dennis Mons can definitely appreciate an IT game for the PlayStation 5 after seeing a demo made with the Unreal 5 Engine by a fan.
Every time I think I’ve seen it all when it comes to the Unreal Engine I’m blown away again. Realism, meanwhile, is starting to reach frightening proportions. Throw in a clown, too, and I’m on the edge of my seat.
IT and Pennywise are perfect for PlayStation 5 game
Horror games just have to suit you. My colleagues, at least, are not into them. I, on the other hand, can thoroughly enjoy horror movies, as well as games like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, PT and Dead Space.
If I am allowed to make a wish list of horror stories I would like to see in a PlayStation 5 game it really should be those by the King of Horror, Stephen King. After all, don’t his books like Misery, The Shining, Pet Sematary and The Mist lend themselves perfectly to chilling games with the Unreal Engine?
But let me be honest, one of his creations tops the list, and that’s IT. The ’90s miniseries with Tim Curry as Pennywise was brilliant (except for the end) and the first film with Bill Skarsgård was definitely a must-see for horror fans (I’ll leave the second part aside for now).
A fan of IT shared that opinion as well and went and did some tinkering with the Unreal 5 Engine announced late last year, and the result is quite something. The result is a photorealistic PlayStation 5 demo. Of course, there are wishes for the necessary tweaks, but the creepy atmosphere of the past two films are excellently captured.
Terrifying balloon thanks to Unreal
In the clip, created with the Unreal Engine, we look through the eyes of Georgie who is killed by Pennywise early on in the book, series and film. We see him leaving his house to run after the famous red balloon in the otherwise totally deserted town of Derry. And of course, the scariest clown ever at the end is definitely not to be missed.
Since Warner Bros. owns the license for IT, we hope they are paying attention. They recently released the brilliant game Hogwarts Legacy, so why not also a game based on one of King’s very best stories ever? At least the Unreal Engine can handle it. Just like the Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5.
We can only hope so.