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Night Trap creator planning to re-release the game

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Night Trap, the infamous full-motion video game from the early 1990s, could receive an upgraded re-release someday, said creator James Riley on Facebook today.

"I do plan to re-release Night Trap and have been talking with a number of interested parties to do so. However, the specific platform(s) have not been confirmed (including online) and I will let you know once we have a definite plan and release schedule," said Riley in the private Facebook fan group for Night Trapaccording to CVG.

Night Trap fans have been campaigning for Riley to put together a modern re-release of the game, or transfer the rights to a third party that is interested in doing so. The game was originally released in 1992 on the Sega CD, and was ported to 32X, 3DO, Mac and DOS in 1994.

Night Trap is perhaps best known for being caught in the controversy surrounding violent video games during the early '90s; following congressional hearings on games including Night Trap in December 1993, it was taken off U.S. store shelves. The Entertainment Software Rating Board was established the following year, largely in response to the hearings.

"Night Trap will come back, in better resolution and game play than before, we just want to be sure it's the best strategy for all involved," said Riley.

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