Significant Improvements Coming to The Thing Remastered

Nightdive Studios' The Thing Remastered promises significant gameplay improvements while staying true to the 2002 original. Expect notable enhancements and original content preservation when it releases.

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The Thing Remastered key art featuring Captain Blake

Credits: The Thing Remastered

The developers of The Thing Remastered

Nightdive Studios, promise "significant improvements" to the gameplay while staying true to the original 2002 game. Released last month, this marks the first new version in over 20 years. Larry Kuperman, Nightdive's head of business development, emphasized their dedication to the original vision, stating in an interview with Nintendo Life that they can't go into specifics yet as the game is still in development, but fans should expect notable gameplay enhancements.

"Our objective is always to provide fans with a remaster that 'plays the way you remember it,' albeit somewhat better," Kuperman said.

Nightdive has acquired a significant amount of original assets and materials, which is noteworthy given the poor preservation of older game resources. Some of this content will be included in the remaster, and the team is considering the best ways to preserve it, potentially adding a gallery or an official art book.

Originally released in 2002 for PS2, Xbox, and PC

The Thing serves as a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1982 film. Players take on the role of Captain Blake, leading an investigative team to U.S. Outpost 31. With discussions about a sequel to the 1982 film, the game's canonical status might change, but Carpenter's involvement in the original game makes it essential for fans eager to see what happens after the movie.


Inspired by John Carpenter's 1982 film The Thing, The Thing: Remastered is an accurate recreation of the 2002 third-person survival horror game. Nightdive Studios has updated this classic for contemporary gaming platforms with support for up to 4K resolution at 120 frames per second, thanks to its KEX Engine. The remaster features improved character models, textures, animations, and advanced 3D rendering for enhanced lighting and atmospheric effects, bringing the game back to life for modern audiences.
In The Thing: Remastered, players lead a Special Forces rescue squad as Captain J.F. Blake, investigating the terrifying events of the original movie in the freezing Arctic tundra. Trapped in a hostile environment and facing infection by a shape-shifting extraterrestrial, Blake must maintain his team's trust and manage their fear and paranoia to survive.

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