What Happened to The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena?


As of this Thursday, it’ll be exactly a year to the day since Sierra Entertainment announced The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, the combination remake and expansion pack to 2004’s Xbox classic The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay in development by Starbreeze Studios for PS3 and Xbox 360. Dark Athena was originally scheduled to ship late in 2007, but obviously that never happened, and since its initial unveiling Sierra hasn’t spoken a peep about the project. At least not that I’ve heard or read anywhere.

According to Sierra’s website, Dark Athena is on for a 2008 release, but most gaming sites I’ve checked simply have it listed as TBA and other than the original press release there doesn’t seem to be a shred of information about the title anywhere. So my question is simple: what the hell happened to The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena? Is it still in development or has it met an untimely demise? Just what’s the dealio here Sierra?

With pre-E3 media events going on all over the place and the main E3 event approaching, the next couple of months will be the likely period for Sierra to make any announcements, especially if the game will be coming out by year’s end. At this point I guess we just have to wait and see what happens. Cross your fingers and start praying…

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