Publisher Namco Bandai has transferred development of its upcoming Splatterhouse
franchise reboot away from independent developer Bottlerocket Entertainment and to its own in-house teams.
"Last Friday, Namco showed up with a U-Haul truck, took all their assets (dev kits, etc.) and informed management that the title was being pulled from Bottlerocket," a representative from the studio told Gamasutra, confirming widespread rumors that originated with an anonymously-sourced report
from consumer weblog Kotaku.
"Yes, we have decided to part ways with BottleRocket Entertainment," a rep for Namco Bandai told Gamasutra, "but we are committed to bringing Splatterhouse
to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 later this year."
"At this time, we are not ready to discuss specific development details about the game, and wish BottleRocket the best of luck in their future endeavors," said the rep. Reports that Namco Bandai's Afro Samurai
team will now head up the title remain unverified.
Bottlerocket is not believed to have had any further projects in development at present; its other project in development was reportedly Brash Entertainment's title based on DC Universe's Flash, lost in the collapse of the now-defunct publisher. As such, the future of Bottlerocket currently remains unclear.
The Carlsbad, CA studio was formed in 2002 by the core team behind Sony-published The Mark of Kri
and its sequel, Rise of the Kasai