Recent trademark filings suggest we may hear a lot more about Hotel Barcelona in the near future.
Goichi “Suda51” Suda and Hidetaka “SWERY” Suehiro first announced the planned creation of a horror game called Hotel Barcelona in 2019 during an IGN Japan livestream. The two explained that they originally worked together on a PSVR title that got canceled and wanted to continue collaborating together.
One of the cited inspirations for Hotel Barcelona at the time was the PS2 horror title Siren, with the game’s director Keiichiro Toyama also rumored to be working on the project. The duo also indicated that they potentially want Devolver Digital as the game’s publisher. Following this tease, things quieted down on the Hotel Barcelona front until January 2020 when Suda51 tweeted a message “Hotel Barcelona 2021 in response to Devolver Digital speculating that the game might see a 2021 release.
Unfortunately, with the pandemic reaching a crisis point a few months later, it makes sense that Hotel Barcelona was put on the back burner. Now, it looks like Hotel Barcelona has finally been taken off the back burner and moved to the front burner, metaphorically speaking. Specifically, recent trademark filings for Hotel Barcelona have been discovered.
As outlets like VGC reported, Suda51’s White Owls studio filed Japanese trademark applications for Hotel Barcelona as well as “Death Game Hotel” in March this year, with international trademark applications for both. titles recorded on October 27.
Both trademark filings refer to “computer game software” and “hardware” as well as “virtual reality headsets,” suggesting Hotel Barcelona could potentially see a VR version. If you want to see them for yourself, check out the trademark filings for Hotel Barcelona and Death Game Hotel.
Now that you’re all up to speed with the latest Barcelona hotel news, be sure to also read some of our previous coverage, including the initial announcement in 2019 that Suda 51 and Swery are working on a joint horror game called Hotel Barcelona, and Suda51 confirming that Unreal Engine 5 is being used for Grasshopper’s next game.