Kickstartin’: German Developer Effective Evolutions And ‘U55: End of the Line’

U55: End of the Line,” he Berlin-set survival horror title, promises to meld Lovecraft with claustrophobia of being trapped in a darkened subway tunnel on the PC with the potential for Oculus Rift support. As a sucker for first-person horror, I’m intrigued, but specifics laid out in the campaign leave me wondering if this project will survive.

First, the basics: the Kickstarter campaign, which started on August 20, is seeking $115,000 to tell the first-person, choice-based, tale of survivor horror set in the realistically-recreated subway tunnels of modern Berlin. The “U55” or U-Bahn line is where your character, American student David, is trapped following a train crash. To escape, David will have to use his phone as his light source, navigating what I presume will be Lovecraftian horrors lurking beneath the city and in the darkness.

Developer Effective Evolutions’ ambitions with “U55: End of the Line” are ambitious: with stretch goals, they want to bring the game to the Oculus Rift while using binaural audio to increase the horror of the game which will be optimized for headphones. On top of that, there’s the effort to recreate real sites from the German capitol over a 20-22 month development cycle (the rewards section promises a December 2014 release for “U55.”)

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