Upon its release in 2004, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay was praised for bucking the long-standing trend that games based on movies don't work. But Butcher Bay was so much more than a good adaptation of a movie. It was a genuinely impressive game in its own right, with a hugely talented team behind it: Stockholm's Starbreeze Studios. To Butcher Bay's credit, it wasn't a rehash of a film either. It presented a fresh take on Riddick's universe and did so by acting as the prequel to Pitch Black.
Thankfully, Starbreeze hasn't relinquished their grasp on the series, and Assault on Dark Athena is scheduled for a spring 2009 release. Despite the new title, Butcher Bay fans have reason to rejoice. The original 2004 adventure is being remade, with improved AI, remastered audio and visuals that should compare favorably to current standards. Whether the commentary mode will make the transition remains to be seen, but Gamer 2.0 is dearly hoping it will.