The secret to the most effective survival horror is that feeling of fear and helplessness that comes with being pursued (and overwhelmed) by things in the dark. Well, Krillbite Studio has figured out that it doesn't get more helpless than a two-year-old, making a toddler the lead in the first-person horror game "Among the Sleep," which they've just launched on Kickstarter.
What happens when you mix a child's perspective and imagination, with the surreal nature of dreams? Quite a lot, I guess, but we think one of those things is an interesting premise for a horror adventure.
That's the mission statement for "Among the Sleep" from the 11-person team at Krillbite Studio, whose cold, Nordic hearts have seen fit to throw a virtual child into the darkness. The concept grew out of a thesis project, ultimately becoming a full-fledged game from the newbie studio.
It looks brilliant--consider the impact on the player having to see from the perspective of a child, forced to hide from danger, wandering environments that allow for the kind of emergent tension that comes with being weak in an open, unfamiliar place. The Krillbite team promises that the first-person perspective won't simply be used to put the camera close the the ground--indeed, some of the gameplay featured in the campaign video show the kind of wobbly, uncertain movements of a child, while your character's body will be in view at all times.
While the plan is to add puzzles and adventure elements, "Among the Sleep" will be strictly focused on exploration and atmosphere, according to the developer.
Krillbite plans to release the fully-funded game to the PC, Mac, and Linux, with the campaign being used to fund continued production now that "core" gameplay development has been completed. As of this writing, the game's Kickstarter has reached $12,605 of its $200,000 goal.
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