I’m not sure what the final game will look like, but consider the first-person horror on display for Outlast as having whet my appetite. The upcoming PC title is from Red Barrels and promises to take players through the bowels of an abandoned (but not empty) insane asylum where super science and supernatural threats await.
You can check out screens and the official synopsis after the jump.
First-person horror games are hard to nail, it seems, designers substituting mood for jump scares and action for terror. While abrupt shocks aren’t bad in and of themselves, they don’t really create any kind of sustained tension. Condemned made some inroads on this front, but most games in this genre end up on the F.E.A.R. or Jericho side of things, with plenty of gore and craziness without actually being scary.
From the press release:
In the remote mountains of Colorado, horrors wait inside Mount Massive Asylum. A long-abandoned home for the mentally ill, recently re-opened by the “research and charity” branch of the transnational Murkoff Corporation, has been operating in strict secrecy… until now.
Acting on a tip from an inside source, independent journalist Miles Upshur breaks into the facility, and what he discovers walks a terrifying line being science and religion, nature and something else entirely. Once inside, his only hope of escape lies with the terrible truth at the heart of Mount Massive.
Red Barrels hinted in the press release that we can expect a full trailer on Halloween. We can expect the game sometime in 2013.
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