The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is a first-person action video game developed by Swedish company Starbreeze Studios and published by Vivendi Games. It is part of the Chronicles of Riddick franchise. The Xbox version was released in June 2004 to coincide with the release of The Chronicles of Riddick film, and a Microsoft Windows version of the game was released later that year.
The likeness and voice of the movie's lead actor, Vin Diesel, are also used for Escape from Butcher Bay's main character, Richard B. Riddick. Set before the events of the films Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, the game follows Riddick in his attempt to escape from Butcher Bay, a maximum-security prison.
The game received widespread critical acclaim upon its release. It was lauded for its implementation of different gameplay elements as well as its graphics. Common complaints included the lack of a multiplayer mode. A follow-up, titled The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena was released in 2009 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. It also included an enhanced remake of The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.
Escape from Butcher Bay is generally played from a first-person perspective and incorporates elements from several video game genres, including first-person shooter, adventure and stealth. The camera occasionally transitions into a third-person perspective, such as during cutscenes. Players take the role of Riddick, a recently incarcerated inmate in the Butcher Bay prison. Riddick's goal is to escape Butcher Bay, and along the way he has the opportunity to interact with other residents of the facility. He can receive quests from other inmates to gain information, tools, and other rewards. Bonus materials in the form of concept art and video files can be unlocked by finding packs of cigarettes scattered around the levels.
Riddick's exploration of Butcher Bay often leads to violent conflict with guards and other inmates. In combat, Riddick has access to a variety of homemade and improvised weapons, including shivs and clubs. He can also use his fists to attack opponents with a variety of punches that can be strung together to create combos. If Riddick is defeated, he does not die but instead is dragged back to his cell.