Night In The Woods Follow-Up Revenant Hill Canceled Due To Developer Illness
Revenant Hill, the next game by the makers of Night in the Woods, has been canceled. The reason is that the game's narrative designer and artist Scott Benson is battling a severe illness that has forced him to step away from the project.
Benson reveals on his personal X account that he’s been suffering severe heart failure over the past 12 months, which has greatly limited his ability to work. You can read his post below.
So. Over the past 12 months or so I got very sick and it didn't go away. Eventually I was diagnosed with severe heart failure, most likely from a virus. It will continue to greatly limit me for the foreseeable future and as such I've had to stop working in the manner I once did.— Down Here For Your Soul (@bombsfall) November 7, 2023
The Glory Society, the studio making Revenant Hill, posted a statement on Twitter (which is now the sole image on the company’s website) explaining that Benson’s absence requires the team to not only cease development of the game but also to suspend operations entirely. The indie studio was founded by Benson and his wife, Bethany Hockenberry, who also stepped away from the project to support him. The statement explains that with such a small team of employees, losing two key staff members was too much of a blow for work to continue as planned. The Glory Society's statement reads in part,
Benson is known as one of the writers and artist/animator of 2017’s critically acclaimed Night in the Woods, which he created alongside co-writer Hockenberry and late designer Alec Holowka. Following the game's success, he and Hockenberry formed The Glory Society in 2019 alongside musician/artist Wren Farren.
Revenant Hill, the studio's first project, was revealed in May during a PlayStation Showcase. Set in 1919, it starred a cat named Twigs who, after its barn home burns down, is forced to take residence in a log near a graveyard. Unfortunately, an owl begins demanding that Twigs pay rent and the game focuses on the cat working odd jobs to make ends meet. You can read a section of the game's PlayStation Blog synopsis below.
Revenant Hill was slated for PlayStation consoles and PC and had no release window. While it's unfortunate that Twigs' adventure may never see the light of day, Benson's health is infinitely more important. We at Game Informer wish him a speedy road to recovery.