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House of the Dead 1 and 2 remakes in the works

It’s Halloween season. Appropriately, we just got word that remakes are in the works for arcade classics House of the Dead and House of the Dead 2.

The two classic first-person light gun rail shooters are being remade using modern game engines. The studio behind the games, Forever Entertainment, is also remaking the Sega Saturn classics Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon 2 Zwei.

The House of the Dead and The House of the Dead 2 were both originally released on arcade. The original was first released in Japan in 1996. A global launch followed in 1997. PC and Saturn versions came out in 1998. The Saturn version is rare in the US and now fetches for over $250 on eBay.

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The sequel was first released in arcades in 1998. In North America, it was part of Dreamcast’s 9/9/99 launch. The game was also released on PC and later ported to the Nintendo Wii with support for the Wii Remote replacing a light gun.

As for the remakes, Forever Entertainment has only confirmed the existence of the games on Twitter. Platforms, release dates, and price have not yet been confirmed.

“Unfortunately we can’t say anything more for now,” the developers tweeted, noting the legal agreement to remake the games.