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Atari shuts down Monolith founder's bid to re-release gory shooter Blood

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Atari has chosen to discontinue support of Monolith Productions' founder Jace Hall's campaign to re-release gory computer game Blood, according to a post by Hall on the Blood community fansite The Postmortem.

Hall had been talking about re-releasing the gory first-person-shooter, original published in 1997 for DOS computer systems, since last summer, stating he would like to see the game on all available platforms. In his recent post on The Postmortem, Hall wrote that he received a brief statement from Atari stating they did not want to proceed with the idea.

"I just got an unusually short, one sentence e-mail from Atari, letting me know that given the current set of circumstances, they are choosing to decline to proceed," Hall wrote.

"Obviously, I am disappointed," he added. "Particularly given Atari's continued encouragement along with the amount of time, effort and correspondence that I have put into this venture."

Hall wrote that at this point in time he can only wait to "see what happens with Atari" and if they later "find themselves in a position and mindset" to continue the project, which is likely alluding to the company's January bankruptcy filing and planned reorganization.

Last August, Hall had been hopeful regarding bringing Blood back, at the time stating he "certainly will be able to and will get all the support I need from all/any parties that may have legal interest in the game."

Polygon reached out to Jace Hall, who declined to comment. We have also contacted Atari and will update this story with more information as we have it.