The Thing (known as Yuusei Kara no Buutai X: Episode II in Japan) is a 2002 third-person shooter/survival horror video game developed by Computer Artworks and published under the "Black Label Games" banner, a collaboration between Universal Interactive and Konami. It was released for PlayStation 2 on September 10, 2002 in North America, on September 20 in Europe and on February 27, 2003 in Japan. It was also released in North America for Windows and Xbox, on August 20 and September 3, 2002, respectively. The game is a sequel to John Carpenter's 1982 film, The Thing and follows the story of Captain Blake, a member of a U.S. Special Forces team sent to the Antarctic outpost featured in the film to determine what has happened to the research team. The game was endorsed by John Carpenter, who appears in an uncredited cameo. The Thing received positive reviews and sold very well. A sequel was in the early stages of development, but was cancelled when Computer Artworks closed down in 2004.