Buried in Ice Announced

Liquid Engine Development announces Buried in Ice, a survival/horror game set in the Antarctic that's coming to Steam, though its release date is still TBD. If that one-line description and the Announcement Trailer give you the impression that this may be based on John Carpenter's cult-classic horror movie The Thing, then you are definitely getting warmer, as the announcement is not trying to be subtle about it, though they are obviously hoping to skirt the issue enough to avoid paying for any rights. Here's word:
Welcome to the silent, snowy desert of Antarctica. You are the sole survivor of the US base here. Left alone, accused of destroying the facility and killing all the crew, and unarmed against a threat that’s larger than humankind. You are now the first last line of defense for all humanity. Left all alone in this frozen, immense land, no one will hear you scream.

In this survival-RPG-horror mix, you need to survive at all cost after you’ve escaped from a burning base set in the most unfriendly environment on Earth. Imprisoned by people you don’t understand, treated as a criminal, exhausted, and defenseless, you can’t shake the same repeating thoughts: “Have I brought this… THING with me? Or did IT make me to find new victims?”

Finish it here, once and for all, or your secret will be buried in ice, and humankind will be left with no future. In the middle of nowhere, in the coldest place on Earth, you must remember that staying outside is suicide. You need to stay warm, need to find enough gas to maintain power and heat, need food that’s not contaminated by an unwelcomed “guest” – and you desperately need to find or make a weapon. Along with your physical health, you also need to take care of your mental health and that of your other crew members. Too much stress can make you crack and will result in violent behavior, like attacking other team members, destroying key equipment, or even committing suicide.

Your every decision is vital to achieving the goal of surviving and either killing this THING that’s hunting you or, if you’re unable to, escaping. How to achieve either of the two goals is up to you. You can act immorally and kill everyone for the sake of your own survival. Or try to save them all, which might be more difficult, but at the same time, good relationships, teamwork, wise decisions, and charisma can sometimes produce better results than a gun.

Don’t forget that you’ve already tried to kill it once, and you’ve failed miserably. Be smarter this time, and don’t expect it to be easy. You’ll start with nothing. Staying alone too long will get you killed, and if you don’t provide yourself with enough heat – you’ll die. Remaining outside guarantees you’ll freeze to death. And if you see too many horrible things, you’ll crack and eventually commit suicide.

Be smart and be quick. Find out who still remains human and who became far from it. Defeat the THING, escape, or remain there, forever Buried in Ice.

BURIED IN ICE – MAIN FEATURES

  • Remember that team play is the key to success. Staying together means staying alive. If you‘re alone for too long, it will bring an end to your story.
  • Survive in the most unfriendly environment on Earth. Remember that hunger, cold, stress, or contamination can be as fatal as the THING that’s hunting you.
  • Test your moral boundaries. Co-operate with other members of the team, help them survive or steal, cheat, run away, destroy, and kill. It’s up to you how this story will end.
  • Trust no one. Teamwork might be the only key to survival, but at the same time, you’ll never be sure who remained human and who was already possessed by the THING.
  • Remember that time is running out. Try to either escape or kill the THING as soon as possible because if you happen to become the last one standing, it may mean that you’re not human anymore…

Buried in Ice is being developed by Liquid Engine Development and will be released on PC and consoles.

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Yeah... I don't see how these guys don't get sued.

Even if Carpenter isn't litigious, the various studios have to be.
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Jan 18, 2021, 12:56
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Maybe. I would have thought they can probably make enough changes to avoid it....
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There's a pretty big difference between an homage and blatantly ripping something off. However, Carpenter's film was just a remake of the 1951 The Thing From Another World. It's not like there's a whole lot of originality in Hollywood either.

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Cutter wrote on Jan 18, 2021, 13:55:
There's a pretty big difference between an homage and blatantly ripping something off. However, Carpenter's film was just a remake of the 1951 The Thing From Another World. It's not like there's a whole lot of originality in Hollywood either.


Yep, but that is also just another indicator that whatever studio owns the property will fight to keep it, it's been remade ...3 times now? IP Lawyers will sue on principle, I think.
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One might reasonably argue that since all "The Thing" movies (three of them plus ancillaries) are based on "Who Goes There?" by John Campbell, which is now in the public domain, that the studio is also basing it on the same public domain work much like Dracula, Frankenstein, etc.

As long as there are no direct references to previous works which are unique to those works, then they should be free and clear. Otherwise, Aliens vs Predator could be sued for copyright infringement due to a similar setting.
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Cutter wrote on Jan 18, 2021, 13:55:
There's a pretty big difference between an homage and blatantly ripping something off. However, Carpenter's film was just a remake of the 1951 The Thing From Another World. It's not like there's a whole lot of originality in Hollywood either.


And the short story Who Goes There? (1938), which The Thing 1951 is based on, was ripping off At The Mountains of Madness (1931). But the Lovecraft estate didn't sue Campbell back then.
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Cutter wrote on Jan 18, 2021, 13:55:
There's a pretty big difference between an homage and blatantly ripping something off. However, Carpenter's film was just a remake of the 1951 The Thing From Another World. It's not like there's a whole lot of originality in Hollywood either.

If our copyright system wasn't so badly broken and corrupt, both of those properties would be in the public domain today.
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"Welcome to Johan Carpeter's: The Thang". I'm not big on survival games, but I wish them luck.
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