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Hydrophobia, More Than Just Patched?


So I finished Hydrophobia earlier this week. The game ended abruptly and left me laughing about how poorly it was handled. I had planned to make a post about it and when I when to look for video evidence on YouTube, I noticed something really interesting. The ending to Hydrophobia had been changed. Just slightly mind you, but one that will possibly make quite an impact.

During the initial release of the game, players were left with a "To Be Continued" screen after the final cutscene of Hydrophobia. Then, after the game was poorly reviewed with major faults, Dark Energy went back and fixed a quite length list of problems. The update patch was released and the new version deemed Hydrophobia Pure. It was even given a reduced price to help makeover the game's image.

Here's a list of the changes if you're interested. Hydrophobia Pure Updates

But what you won't see on that list is that there is no longer any mention of a continuation of the story. The screen was completely removed. Did anyone else notice it? Did I just stumble on it because I happened to go back and rewatch the ending? Did anyone care? I'm assuming that the game did rather poorly and Microsoft canceled the trilogy, but Nick had mentioned the Developer tweeting him that even with the poor reception is was still planned. So why would they take out the words To Be Continued. If you're wondering, there's nothing after the credits of Hydrophobia Pure.

So is Hydrophobia done?

Comments

  • mgs2master2 8 years, 8 months ago

    Wow... I was actually contemplating on getting this game. One thing i do not understand though, why remove the "To be continued" after the patch? Did the game get slammed so horribly and poor sales, that the developer decided to just scrap the project of a sequel or did the developer just give up?

    Well regardless, that is kinda stupid nonetheless.

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  • lionheartghost 8 years, 8 months ago

    I never played Hydrophobia Vanilla, but I bought Pure and beat it and thought I'd skipped something/something bugged with such an abrupt ending like that without a "To be continued", especially since I didn't know this was to be a trilogy with "episodes" (since it says nothing like "Episode 1"). I'd be really disappointed if they cut it here for whatever reason.

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  • incrediblehulk180 8 years, 8 months ago

    I don't understand why they just don't confirm that they dropped plans to make a another hydrophobia this is the only reason i can come up with which explains the removal of the "to be continued" text. well that or the patch somehow removes the text accidentally but i doubt it.

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  • Malafor7 8 years, 8 months ago

    That original ending was horrible. The game itself also seemed badly done. I can't blame them for dropping their plans for the hydrophobia. ^_^;

    Then again, by not making a sequel, they could have screwed up a great opportunity for even more than what was presented.

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  • InDivision 8 years, 8 months ago

    Well....i probably wont get this game now since its only "okay" and has a shitty inconclusive ending haha.

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  • AdjacentKitten 8 years, 8 months ago

    You don't really need a cliche "To Be Continued" part for a game to get a sequel, but this certainly is odd. I won't deny it, I'm genuinely confused as to why they would take something like that out of a game.. some games say "To Be Continued" even when there's never hope for a sequel, but this is situation just takes the cake.

    I guess we'll see, but usually it's just all at the developer's digression. They could, for instance, be looking to take a different approach into a new concept. Or their studio could be getting the boot/re-route, courtesy of everyone's favorite Microsoft publisher, Microsoft Game Studios.

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  • jon2435 8 years, 8 months ago

    I've seen bad endings, but that's... bad. And Xbox magazine gives this a 9/10 and a editors choice. Wow.

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  • Comradebearjew 8 years, 8 months ago

    Damn, kind of a crappy way to end a game.

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