Texas Chainsaw Massacre video game reveals the abilities and attributes of the killers

Yesterday, we shared information on the victim characters that will be playable in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre video game being developed by Gun Interactive and Sumo Nottingham. Now it’s time to learn more about the killer characters, which include not only Leatherface, the Cook, and the Hitch-Hiker from the original Chainsaw film (watch it HERE), but also recently introduced new characters Johnny and Sissy. Cards that give information on the characters can be seen at the bottom of this article, and the developers also dug into their abilities and attributes on the game’s official website.

The developers revealed,

Much like on the Victim side, everyone has a job to do, a role to fill in the composition of each match. Whether that is Seek, Hunt, Trap, Bane, or Maim, taking down the Victims is specified work, and work that this cast of maniacs is exceptionally proficient in. They also all have their trade offs, their own little deficiencies that help balance the whole, making it much more effective to work as a team while still being possible, albeit slightly more difficult, to go about things lone wolf style. Also similar to how the Victim side is structured, this all can be tailored via the metagame, where players can tune the Family to their liking.

Family Attributes fall into three categories: Savagery, Harvesting, and Endurance. These Attributes differ depending on the Family member you are playing as, and can be tuned to your liking by unlocking Attribute points within the Skill Tree and assigning them to one of the three categories. On top of Attribute points, certain Perks within the Skill Tree will also buff an Attribute category by equipping it, but more on Perks once we cover the full metagame. For now, let’s talk about the main three Attribute categories.

Savagery: This Attribute directly affects the amount of damage you deal with melee hits, but should not be seen as simple strength. Think of Savagery as a proficiency level for killing in game, used in conjunction with Endurance as a way to determine the full potential for damage dealt.

Harvesting: Harvesting affects the amount of blood you gain for Grandpa when interacting with Victims. It does not, however, affect the amount of blood gained from buckets around the map. Melee hits, grapples with Victims, and executions are the specific interactions that can fill your blood vial, dependent on your Harvesting stat.

Endurance: Similar to the Victims Attribute, Endurance affects the stamina drain and recharge rate. On the Family side, however, melee strikes also drain stamina, making the Endurance Attribute important for dealing damage as well as mobility.

So you see, these Attributes all work together to make up the type of killer any given Family member is. Considering you cannot attack without any stamina left in the pool, Savagery and Endurance are tied together in interesting ways. Mix in the fact that your Harvesting rating will affect how much blood you will walk away with after each altercation and you can start to see how the balancing shapes up with our cast of cannibals.

The special abilities the killers will have are:

The Cook: SEEK
The Seek Ability allows the Cook to lean in and listen carefully to any strange sounds he might hear around the map. If a sound is detected, he can focus in on it, revealing the location of the Victim unfortunate enough to be making the most noise.

Sissy: BANE
Sissy picked up some unique skills in her travels, like her Bane Ability. Craft poisons from local plants then blow the powder in the faces of Victims or use them to contaminate items around the map.

The Hitchhiker: TRAP
The Hitchhiker is handy with a pile of bones and his Trap Ability is an extension of that. The macabre artist can place traps around the map that alert him when an unsuspecting Victim steps in.

Johnny: HUNT
Johnny is a stalker, a predator, and like any true predator, he’s a skilled hunter. His Hunt Ability allows him to see and track the fresh footsteps of Victims around the map.

Leatherface: MAIM
This one is pretty self explanatory. Leatherface carries the saw, the saw is the Maim Ability. He can utilize it in a variety of ways, not least of which is to dismember any Victims he might get his hands on.

Matches of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre video game will pit 4 victim characters against 3 killer characters. The story of the game is set before the events of the original film and has the following set-up:

When Maria Flores went missing, and local law enforcement seemed to stall out in their search, her younger sister Ana teamed up with some of Maria’s friends from college to pick up the trail. It’s time for you to meet our cast of Victims.

The cast that has been assembled to bring the Texas Chainsaw Massacre video game’s characters to life includes genre icon Kane Hodder, who is doing the motion-capture performance for Leatherface; Edwin Neal, providing the voice of the Hitch-hiker, the character he played in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre; plus Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Kristina Klebe (Don’t Kill It), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs), and Damian Maffei (The Strangers: Prey at Night).

What do you think of the killers characters’ list of attributes and abilities? Which killer character are you most interested in playing as? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre video game
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre video game
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre video game
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre video game
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre video game

Source: TXChainsawGame

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