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House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn is the sixth installment in House of the Dead series. It is the sequel to The House of the Dead 4, and the third prequel installment in the series. It was announced by SEGA Interactive on January 14, 2018, and follows the fictional events of December 6, 2006, three years after the events of "The House of the Dead 4"

Plot Edit

On December 6, 2006, 3 years after the events of The House of the Dead 4, after receiving an incoming transmission from "Code R", the AMS dispatched Agent Kate Green and rookie agent Ryan Taylor on an undercover event in Scarecrow Mansion. However, The Mystery Man unleashes his horde of zombies to the dinner guests, forcing Kate and Ryan to arm themselves and fight back. Kate attempts to call an unmanned helicopter to get them out, but the zombies hang onto the railings of the helicopter, forcing them to bail and crash the chopper. The two agents fought their way to outside of the mansion, where they witness the building falling to flames. With no backup available, Kate and Ryan decide to explore the other locations of the mansion.

In the annex, Kate and Ryan discover a computer room which shows a world map and The Mystery Man's plan. They were ambushed by Chariot, and after a long fight, they defeat Chariot and rescue the survivors. Kate reveals that Code R is a mysterious project called "Noah's Ark" whose purpose is yet unknown.

In the underground laboratory, Ryan accidentally triggers the alarm, trapping them and activates the self-destruct system. Kate and Ryan fought all the way to the control panel and manage to turn it off. Ryan notices a picture showing a mysterious man alongside Dr. Roy Curien and Caleb Goldman. Kate recognize the man as Thornheart, whose ancestors built the DBR corporation and a sufferer of a rare disease. While they try to analyze the picture, a squid-like creature known as Priestess attacks them. After a long struggle, The Priestess is finally taken down after burning the creature with flammable chemicals. After the fight, Ryan wonders if Thornheart is still alive, a question that Kate herself couldn't answer.

In the eastern house, Kate and Ryan explore the place. They came across The Mystery Man's room, where it is discovered that he will be at the nearby church. Kate and Ryan fought all the way to the helipad to get to the church, however Hangedman, resurrected from his defeat years ago, destroys the chopper. After a lengthy battle, The Hangedman eventually was taken down. With no time to waste, Kate and Ryan rush to the church.

Arriving at the entrance of the church, Kate and Ryan fought all the way to the top where they came across Curien and Goldman's tombstones. They eventually arrive at the church, where The Mystery Man is waiting. Kate recognize the Mystery Man as Thornheart himself. Ryan demands an explanation, in which Thornheart explains that "he chose to be alive". Thornheart reveals that Noah's Ark is a plan devised by him to cleanse humanity, in which only the strongest survives. Thornheart releases his masterpiece, The Moon in order to take down Kate and Ryan once and for all. Doing no significant damage at all, and with The Moon constantly growing, Ryan attempts to do a last ditch attack, by stabbing The Moon with a rod, eventually injuring his arm. With the rod in place, thunder struck the creature, killing him.

With the threat finally neutralized, Kate and Ryan leave Scarecrow Mansion as the sun rises.[4][5]


Like previous House of the Dead titles, the game features multiple endings. So far, four endings were produced.

  • Standard Ending 1, shows Thornheart, alive and unharmed in the underground laboratory. This initially is believed to be triggered by completing the final QTE, but was later debunked when it was discovered that failing the QTE also triggers this ending.
  • Standard Ending 2, believed to be triggered by completing the game in Master difficulty, shows Thornheart, back at the church, unharmed, as he discusses his next plan.
  • Best Ending 1, achieved by clearing the game with S rank in Normal Mode, shows Thornheart on the church, telling that the ordeal has just begun. He suddenly went down before rising up again, possibly turning into a zombie, before the video glitched out.
  • Best Ending 2, achieved by clearing the game with S rank in Master Mode, shows Kate and Ryan having a small chit-chat about James shortly after Moon's defeat.[6]

At the end of the endings (with the exception of Best Ending 2), the words "To be continued in the next House of the Dead" is shown.

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Development Edit

Following a 12-year hiatus on the franchise, House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn was announced by SEGA Interactive on January 14, 2018.[8] The game will run on Unreal Engine 4 within an enclosed "deluxe" cabinet featuring vibrating seats and motion sensors. A preliminary location test was held at the SEGA Akihabara Building 3 in Tokyo, Japan from January 19 to the 21st.[9] SEGA released a promotional website as promotion featuring gameplay screenshots.[10]

It was announced that Civilians will return, as well as the "Rescue Mechanic" from The House of the Dead III. Multiple weapons could be equipped, including shotguns and grenade launchers. The Chariot, a boss from the original House of the Dead, was revealed to be returning. [11]

During JAEPO 2018, Sega released an official trailer for the game, revealing new scenes, including the confirmation of a new boss.[12] Sega held more location tests: one in Round One Arcade, Yokohama on March 3rd to March 5th; and anotherin Rakuichi Rakuzen Arcade, Kawaguchi on March 16th to March 18th[13].

On July 9th 2018, another location test, featuring new stages, enemies, and bosses, was held in three places: High-tech Land Sega in Shibuya, Sega Tokyo Dome City, and Sega Shinjuku Kabukicho. On the same day, it was confirmed that Scarlet Dawn is directed by Takashi Oda, who had worked on previous games in the series.

Kevin Bachus, the Senior Vice President of restaurant and video arcade chain Dave & Busters, announced that all locations will receive Scarlet Dawn cabinets in October.[14]

Trivia Edit

  • House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn is the first House of the Dead series to be released in the 2010s. The last House of the Dead game before "Scarlet Dawn" was The House of the Dead: Overkill in 2009.
    • Excluding "Overkill", "House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn" is also the first canon installment in the franchise to released in the 2010s, after "The House of the Dead 4", in 2005.
  • Unlike past installments, which indicates Player 1 in Red and Player 2 in Blue, the color for Player 1 and Player 2 is switched.
  • For some reason, the name of the game has dropped the "The" from "The House of the Dead"'s title.
  • Neither does the Reload sound nor its corresponding sprite appear in the demo.
  • This is the first game since The House of the Dead III to have a prologue chapter (Chapter 0).
  • With an overall total of 5 chapters, this is the shortest House of the Dead game since the original game
  • Curiously, this is the first canonical game to not feature "Type numbers", and the second game in the series to do so, following The House of the Dead: Overkill. This is possibly because Thornheart developed the monsters by himself and not as part (but still based on) Curien and Goldman's creations.
  • House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn" is the first game since the original (excluding Overkill) to feature the short version of the "Stage Clear" theme. The latter part of the Stage Clear theme in this game is the remix of "Ranking" from The House of the Dead 2.
  • This is the first game in the series in which the route travelled by the characters is shown regardless if the player completes the game or not. In past entries, the route is shown only if the player loses the game and shows up to the point where the character is defeated.
  • The final boss battle is very similar from Persona 5 final boss battle.
  • This is the first game in the entire canon series to not include a "Bad Ending"
  • "House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn" has similarities to "The House of the Dead 4":
    • Both games featured a "veteran" character and a "rookie" character (James Taylor is the veteran and Kate Green is the rookie in 4, while Kate is the veteran and Ryan Taylor is the rookie in "Scarlet Dawn").
    • Both games featured "the ground shaking" during the opening cutscene.
    • Both games introduced the Player 2 character first (Kate Green in both 4 and "Scarlet Dawn").
    • Both games featured a "glass scene"; zombies breaking through the glass during the opening chapter.
    • Both games feature a similar plot: The AMS agents attempting to stop the antagonist's plan of human extinction. Though the main motivation behind such attacks were different.
    • The second chapter in both games begins with a flashback sequence, the remaining chapters of both games feature the main antagonist.
    • Both games feature the same death animation in the route display (P1 laying down with one arm holding the chest, and P2 falling down with one arm extended upwards)
    • Both games utilize machine guns, however House Of The Dead 4 uses a lightweight Uzi (ingame the model is based on a modified Steyr TMP) whereas Scarlet Dawn features a standard assault rifle-like gun based on the Heckler and Koch MP7.
  • This is the first game in the main series not to feature the character G.