Interplay announced today the development of the sequel to its popular Black Dahlia.
To be called "Again With the Black Dahlia!", it'll ship on seventeen disks.
Interplay is hoping to correct some of the mistakes they felt they made in the first game.
First of all, they feel the first game was too easy. In the sequel, the only illumination in the entire game will be Jim's flashlight.
Second, Interplay VP Cynthia Crool said, this time around the puzzles won't be the walk in the park they were the first time. For example, several of the 113 puzzles must be solved on a completely black screen. Also, all clues will be written in Urdu, with no translation provided by the game.
Third, Interplay has gotten rid of "that annoying map feature" in BD1. In the sequel, you must walk the entire way between each location in real time. "This will add a stunning degree of realism to the game," Ms. Crool said.
Fourth, to add a sense of real danger to the game that the first game lacked, instead amusing "easter eggs" planted here and there in the game, there will be 74 "land mines." These land mines are invisible hotspots, that if clicked, reformat your hard drive.
Fifth, they are replacing the actor who played the lead, Jim Pearson. "We just didn't feel he captured the 40s, broody, smoking attitude, " said Ms. Crool. The original actor has been replaced with Jennifer Jason Leigh, who has made a career out of smoking and pouting, and is evidently looking forward to playing a man. How will she play the character differently than her predecessor? She's not sure, her publicist said in a press release on Monday, but she's definitely decided to play him with no humor whatsoever.
Finally, in order to encourage a "real time" feeling, "Again With the Black Dahlia" will have no "sissified" Save feature.
Due to ship next Friday the 13th, Again With the Black Dahlia will include in the box a complimentary suicide kit.
[This message has been edited by ray (edited 08-30-1999).]
Procrastinate NOW!! Don't put it off!!