For the past two years, Square Enix has been quietly overseeing the resurrection of Fear Effect, a short lived action adventure franchise from the halcyon days of female fronted video games on the PlayStation.
Now it's been revealed that a new Fear Effect game is a real thing. Fear Effect Sedna is an isometric action tactics game co-written by series' original writer John Zuur Platten. It was developed by Sushee and Forever Entertainment under license from Square Enix, as part of the latter's forays into sub-licensing dormant IP to other companies.
Fear Effect Sedna will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on March 6 for $19.99 / €19.99 / £15.99, Forever Entertainment announced. It will take leading femme fatale Hana Tsu-Vachel, her sorta sappho-erotic love interest Rain Qin and other series' mainstays into the world of Inuit mythology.
An overview of the game’s key features, via Forever Entertainment, lists: "real-time action, tactical play, stealth and puzzles" as core to the gameplay, the return of the adrenaline mechanic from previous Fear Effect games, and more "animated stylistic cutscenes" and "classic death cutscenes."
While a new Fear Effect is definitely a surprise, it's not exactly an iconic series that everyone was clamoring for. Still, the series was well regarded for its gorgeous style as well as for pushing the envelope by aggressively marketing the lesbian undertones and physical relationship between its protagonists.