The clinger beast is a creature variant that was intended for inclusion in The Thing II, a planned sequel to the 2002 video game The Thing. However, it was ultimately scrapped after developer Computer Artworks entered receivership in October 2003. Although cancelled, pre-production art guides were released, revealing the developers' vision for the game.
According to the art guide description, once the upper body of its host has split open, the clinger beast uses its sticky tentacles as a grappling device and drags itself to the ceiling, leaving its lower body behind in a heap of blood and guts on the floor. Its primary attack involves dragging victims towards it using either its outstretched limbs or the lengths of intestines which hang from its ripped torso. Once the victim is caught, they are lifted off the ground and pulled towards the sharp teeth which grow from its abdominal tear. It should also be noted that the creature's face strongly resembles the Norwegian Thing from the 1982 film The Thing.
- Rob Fahey (23rd October 2003). Computer Artworks goes into receivership (English). GamesIndustry. Retrieved on 2015-06-28.