Frictional Games are currently working on a horror game entitled Soma. The recent trailer reveals this new horror game is to be set in the murky depths of the sea.
No doubt that many will draw comparisons to the original Bioshock, which was also set under the sea. However, Frictional Games co-founder Thomas Grip posted on the official Playstation Blog on what his company have been up to;
“That’s right, our next game will be set deep below the water’s surface – at the bottom of the sea. It was a decision which came very swiftly; Jens (co-founder of Frictional Games) and I sort of decided it on a whim during a meet-up. But it’s something that had been brewing inside us for a long time. Most of our earth is covered in ocean, and yet it’s something that we know very little about. It is an incredibly hostile environment filled with strange creatures, and it is right on our door step.”
Most of the ocean is devoid of sunlight and inhospitable to us. The differences in pressure between the surface and even a modest depth of 100 meters is enough to turn a human into mush. That pressure, that depth, is nothing compared to the true ocean deeps. And as if this isn’t enough, the creatures living there seem like they’re from another world. Gigantic squid, luminescent fish and creatures that are all mouths and teeth are only the start. If you dive down any distance you enter into a realm of monsters.“
The current influx of horror games, and the mass media coverage, all seems to be coming off the back of Outlast, a game that has truly recaptured the imagination of any horror fanatic. Whilst horror games have always been in the public eye, there have been very few in recent years that have stood out. They are often played, mildly enjoyed and quickly forgotten about in comparison to their peers. Since Outlast hit PSN the bar has been well and truly raised.
Horror games often had a tendency to either empower the player or at least give them the tools to level the playing field, which often took the fright out of the game. Outlastsees you without any weapons, of any sort. You only have a night vision camcorder to navigate your way through the asylum’s blood thirsty residents. This is the angle that makes it such a compelling and frightening game.
Daylight ,which is due later this month, has followed in Outlast’s footsteps and once again has chosen to hand the player only a mobile phone as a weapon of choice. Other scare-fests potentially due this year are Evil Within and Dying Light. Evil Within sees players take on the role of Detective Sebastian Castellanos who wakes up in a alternative world full of unimaginable monsters. Also no year can be exempt from another zombie game, with Dying Light intending to fill this years zombie-void. Dying Light has had a fair bit of coverage and is in similar vain to Dead Island. The main difference being is that when night falls the zombies and other creatures lurking out there get stronger and faster.
It’s also worth keeping an eye on Creative Assembly’s Alien Isolation, pegged for release in October of this year. This too, is keeping the horror simple and terrifying, taking its inspiration from the quiet menace of the original film, rather than the classic action of the sequels. All in all I imagine we can expect to see an increase in the fight for horror supremacy.
Soma is due out on PC and PS4 sometime in 2015. So you’ll just have to hold your breath until then.