A NEW Mickey Mouse horror game has been announced less than 24 hours after the iconic Disney cartoon character entered the public domain.
The original Mickey Mouse received the same fate as Winnie the Pooh, as the beloved Disney mascot has been converted into a wicked hunting machine.
Nightmare Forge Games released a trailer for a new horror video game featuring Mickey Mouse[/caption]
Players are hunted by Steamboat Willie, one of Disney’s earliest versions of Mickey Mouse[/caption]
An enormous gory Steamboat Willie is seen attacking exterminators in the video game trailer[/caption]
Nightmare Forge Games released the trailer for Infestation 88 – a survival game where players are hunted by an early version of Mickey Mouse featured in the short film Steamboat Willie.
The developers describe the 1-4 player game as a rodent outbreak in 1988 that “morphed into something far more sinister.”
In the trailer, an enormous, gory Mickey Mouse, far removed from his beloved days as the face of Disney, is seen attacking exterminators as they try to fend off the rodent outbreak.
A release date for the video game was not announced.
Steamboat Willie is a 1928 short film featuring early non-speaking versions of Mickey and Minnie.
It was the film debut for Mickey and Minnie and was widely seen as the moment that transformed Disney’s fortunes.
The earliest version of the Mr. Mouse was released to the public domain on Monday, after nearly 100 years at Disney.
The public now has the right to creatively use the breakout black-and-white Disney characters strictly as they appeared in Steamboat Willie.
More modern versions of Mickey Mouse are still covered by Disney copyright.
US copyright law states the rights to characters can be held for 95 years, meaning characters like Steamboat Willie’s Mickey Mouse entered the public domain on New Year’s Day.
The evil workings of Mr. Mouse came two years after Winnie-the-Pooh also entered the public domain in January 2022.
Since then, the chubby, playful, clumsy bear has become a serial killer in the slasher movie Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey.
The 2023 film shows a different side of Pooh and his sidekick, Piglet, after being abandoned by Christopher Robin, who went off to college.
Pooh and Piglet embark on a bloody rampage as they search for a new source of food – hunting and killing in the process.
In 2024, Pooh and Piglet’s pal Tigger also landed in the public domain.
After entering the public domain in January 2022, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet were transformed into a bloodthirsty serial killer in the slasher movie Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey[/caption]