In 2009, indie developer Remigiusz Michalski shocked and horrified adventure gamers with the surreal, gore-filled Downfall – at least, the relative few who actually played what proved to be a fairly niche title even within the genre. Now, following the much broader success of his follow-up The Cat Lady, Michalski is revisiting his debut title with an eye to drastically overhauling it for re-release in 2015.
The story will remain essentially the same, casting players in the role of Joe Davis, who stops at Quiet Haven Hotel with his wife Ivy for what he believes will be a peaceful one-night stay. Nothing could be farther from the truth, however, as "things soon start to go wrong. Ivy's panic attacks get worse and soon she disappears. Strange goings on begin around the hotel. Nothing is what it seems anymore. Joe is left alone, trying to understand what is happening, trapped between reality and the nightmare."
But while the overall premise and ending remain the same, much will be different this time around. Michalski claims that "most paths leading up to main events" will be altered. In addition, all of the dialogue has been re-written to make them "more interactive in the vein of The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us."
Along with the script changes, the game's interface and production values are being revamped as well. Gone is the point-and-click control scheme and presentation of the original, replaced with improved Cat Lady-style side-scrolling and keyboard-controlled mechanics. The new version also promises high res graphics and all-new animations, a brand new musical score, and will now feature full voice acting. Another similarity to The Cat Lady will be Jesse Gunn reprising his role as Joe Davis, as the new game will "answer some of the questions [fans] have been asking about Joe." Michalski also aims to be more judicious with the gore and obscenities, though make no mistake – the remake will be every bit the "mature" experience as its predecessor.
There is currently no firm release date scheduled for the new Downfall, but Michalski and publisher Screen 7 are currently targeting the second quarter of 2015. In the meantime, you can still play the original version of the game, which is now available to download as legal freeware.