Obscure Becomes More Obscure: Now Final Exam

By John Walker on July 10th, 2013 at 8:00 pm.

Quick question: If you were the former developers of a series of games, and you were making a brand new game that had nothing to do with those previous games, you’d obviously use the exact same name, right? No. No one would. Because it’s obviously the silliest of all possible things to do. Remarkably, that’s what Mighty Rocket Studio thought was the best plan when regrouping from former Obscure developers, Hydravision. Fortunately some sense has been reached, and now Obscure That Isn’t Obscure is going to be called Final Exam.

Just how they didn’t see a fuss coming eludes me. They’d made two previous games with the Obscure name, Obscure and Obscure: The Aftermath, both of which were distinctly average survival horrors. Leap forward four years and a collection of people from the developer of those two get back together, and announce a new game, and it’s called Obscure. As middling as the games were, there’s of course a fanbase out there, and people were thrilled to learn they could continue the dreary adventures of teenagers getting trapped in their school/college by plants and monsters. Except, this game is a sidescrolling cartoon platformer. Oops.

Fans obviously reacted negatively, and now the game’s name has been changed to Final Exam. Clearly the schools and monsters theme remains, but there’s little else to link them, so a proper distinction makes sense. Not realising this straight away does not. And suggestions that it was for a later publicity stunt don’t take into account how disastrous it can be for a game to change its name midway, and the ensuing confusion that surrounds.

There’s a new website for the game, although no release date as yet. You can see it running here:

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7 Comments »

  1. DrMcCoy says:

    Even calling it just Obscure if was Obscure-y would have been bloody stupid, because there already is an Obscure.
    I never understood why people would ever name new things the exact same as an old thing. Is it out of spite to confuse conversations about it?

    • Sparkasaurusmex says:

      I saw Star Trek and I’m pretty sure you’re using the wrong avatar, Dr. McCoy!

    • Andy_Panthro says:

      My personal favourite (by which of course I mean the one that makes me grind my teeth in rage) is Prince of Persia, where I have heard someone refer to the 2003 version as “the original one”.

      See also, Alone in the Dark.

      • DrMcCoy says:

        Ugh, yes, Prince of Persia.
        Yes, I have also had people tell me about the “original” Prince of Persia, when they meant the new one.

        • MadTinkerer says:

          You know it’s really complicated when you need to explain “No, the first Prince of Persia 3D. No, I’m talking about Prince of Persia 3D, the okay one that everyone forgot about when Sands of Time came out. Yes, that one that came out before Prince of Persia 2008. No, no, Prince of Persia 3D was the second sequel to that one, that came out in 1989. The new Prince of Persia 2008 had a completely different story to all the others, which they dropped for The Forgotten Sands which was in-between Sands of Time and Two Thrones. So anyway, about Prince of Persia 3D…”

          Still easier than discussing Zelda continuity. Which usually begins “Wait, there’s a Zelda continuity!?!” and usually requires a flowchart to understand.

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