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09th Jun 2019

Microsoft announce Blair Witch video game at E3

Dave Hanratty

Blair Witch video game

Press X to stand in the corner.

Microsoft held their annual E3 conference on Sunday night, with many blockbuster gaming announcements on the agenda.

One such surprise twist concerned the much-hyped Cyberpunk 2077, which boasted a new trailer with a very familiar Hollywood superstar popping up at the end:

If the sudden appearance of Keanu Reeves wasn’t wacky enough, the man himself strutted onstage at the conference to announce the release date of the game in wacky fashion.

Said game arrives on 16 April, 2020. Let the hype continue to bubble.

Before that, though, onlookers were treated to a trailer for a new first-person survival horror game in the vein of Resident Evil 7 and Alan Wake.

In fact, many watching – including the Giant Bomb lads – thought that the game was an Alan Wake sequel.

But, if you’re a fan of a certain horror phenomenon from 1999 and caught the mention of a child going missing in the ‘Black Hills’ at the start of the trailer, you got it in one.

A ghostly figure standing in the corner of a derelict house at the end confirmed it – yep, we’re getting a brand new Blair Witch game.

This isn’t the first time that the property has appeared in the gaming world; a string of PC games arrived not long after the original film, though they’re best regarded as cult hits, if anything even approaching that.

And of course we’ve had attempts to continue the Blair Witch legacy in the form of a pair of pretty woeful sequels – that most recent one had so much promise, damn it – so one is forgiven for being sceptical about this.

Still, a first-person survival horror game feels not just right, but overdue.

Check out the trailer below, and roll on 30 August when this thing drops.

Clips via Gamespot