Vin Diesel Teases Potential Of A New Riddick Game

Vin Diesel Teases Potential Of A New Riddick Game
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Tom Chapman


30th Jun 2021 15:10

It sounds like the Riddick series isn't "going dark" just yet, with franchise lead Vin Diesel explaining his hopes for more movies and games set in this dimly lit realm. Aside from the three Riddick movies, Diesel has been involved in the two canon games, with his own ambitions of returning for a third. 

The Riddick movies have never been massive hits, but alongside the likes of Twelve Monkeys, Dark City, and Dredd, they've become cult classics. Part of their charm has been Diesel's role as the titular Richard B. Riddick, which alongside playing Dominic Toretto in the Fast and Furious movies, has become one of his best-known roles. 

What does Vin Diesel want from a new Riddick game?

Aside from the mobile-based Riddick: The Merc Files from 2013, we've not had a proper Riddick game since 2009's The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. This in itself was a well-received sequel to The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, which is rightly listed as one of the greatest Xbox games of all time.

Speaking to GamesRadar, Diesel explained how he wants a potential third game to continue the legacy of its predecessors. Discussing Butcher Bay's 2004 success, Diesel added, "We did have great success with Escape From Butcher Bay. It feels like an eternity ago now. But, I imagine that we would take advantage of the gaming space and add an extra chapter". 

It all ties into a long-mooted Riddick 4: Furya movie. Diesel reiterated, "The [movie's] script is already written. So it's safe to say that we are moving towards filming the fourth chapter of Riddick". Just like James Cameron's Avatar 2 has presumably led to movement on Ubisoft's Avatar: Frontiers of PandoraRiddick 4 would almost certainly lead to a new game.

Where could a new Riddick game take the story?

Looking back at both Escape From Butcher Bay and Assault on Dark Athena, they did more than just tell a prequel or side story. The games have fleshed out the lore of the Riddickverse, with Dark Athena filling in the gaps between Butcher Bay and the Pitch Black movie.

Added to this, it's great that the man himself wants to be involved. We don't hear about Sam Worthington lending a hand on Frontiers. Considering Riddick is now over 20 years old, it's great that Diesel is still so invested in the IP and where it could lead next. 

Sci-fi games are everywhere right now, and as well as a resurrected System Shock franchise and a brand new Metroid game, it's about time we saw a glint of Riddick's signature goggles. 


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