I remember being stoked when I first heard about Sadness. The idea of a survival horror game in black and white was something that just intrigued me, and the few screenshots and single trailer for the game just made me want to play it even more.
What’s it been now, four years or so? Three? I’ve lost track, as I’m sure many of you have. What made Sadness such an intriguing idea was the fact that it was going to have themes on schizophrenia, narcolepsy, and insanity. I wanted to see something like that on the Wii. I wanted to see a game that would stretch my imagination. I wanted to see a game that would genuinely scare me and make me jump, something that no game has ever done with the exception of Manhunt.
Well, all that’s down the toilet now, folks, because the Nibris-developed Sadness has been cancelled. Arkadiusz Reikowski, the game’s composer, stated in a blog post that the game itself was cancelled long before the music was even finished. The unfinished soundtrack can be listened to in full here. There’s some good music to be found, with a lot of it carrying a truly eerie and chilling sound. It’s a shame we won’t be able to hear these great themes while playing Sadness.
Sadness is one of those games that you just hope will get released someday, even though you already know it won’t. Sadness, you will be missed. For what you never were and what you could have been.