The horror genre in video games has been someway lacking in recent history, with games like Evil Within, Outlast, & Five Nights at Freddy’s, horror fans have had a small batch of games to satiate their thirst for scares. Then, P.T. happened last year. This was a standalone free title that was offered on the PSN store that quickly became one of PSN’s top downloads that month. It was a first person horror game where you,the player, explored the first floor of a house as you attempted to solve puzzles and be randomly haunted by a wandering spirit. The game was creepy and unsettling and it was pretty great. Players who made it to the end were treated to a reveal of a new silent hill game titled Silent Hills, a joint collaboration with Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro and starring Norman Reedus. Unfortunately, the game was cancelled, but something similar is potentially on its way that could fill in that void.
Allison Road is a first-person survival horror game currently in development by the newly founded UK studio Lilith Ltd that shares a similar atmosphere as P.T. In Allison Road you are an unnamed protagonists who one day wakes up with no memory of prior events. The game’s timeline spans 5 days where you will uncover what happened to your family, uncover the mysteries that the British townhouse holds, and come face to face with entities living within the walls of the house. There will also be outdoor environments that will be equally as terrifying. Project lead Chris Kesler says
“We think it’ll be quite interesting; When you are in the house all you want is to get out, when you are out all you want is to get back into the ‘safety’ of the house.”
“Anyone who was ever lost in – or for whatever reason spent a night in – a forest will certainly agree that it’s scary at hell. There are just so many uncanny shapes and sounds all around you. You can’t see anything, but you know you’re not alone out there. All things considered it’s obviously only in your head for the most part, but we really want to play with audio / visual queues, your imagination, and primal fears like threat to your life, isolation, abandonment, etc. to make it a truly memorable experience.”
The game looks photorealistic due to it running on Unreal Engine 4, & something like this on a VR headset (it’s not playable on one as far as I know but WHAT IF) would definitely require underwear changes during gaming sessions.
The game is in its final days of being Kickstarted (12 days left), so if this is something you’d like to support, here’s a link to the Kickstarter, and enjoy the following trailer!