Valley, a first-person adventure game that’s “like no other,” will release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC this year, Blue Isle Studios has announced. The studio – which has made a name for itself with previous titles like the survival horror game Slender: The Arrival, released a gameplay trailer (above) to coincide with the announcement, and all we can say is, it looks very promising.
The trailer begins with a Fallout-esque retro commercial detailing the ‘L.E.A.F.’ – an exosuit that endows users with a heightened sense of speed and agility, as well as the “phenomenal ability to manipulate life and death” and “give and take life away from any living thing.” Well, color us intrigued: it’s certainly a strong and interesting premise.
How does all of this life and death talk tie into the platforming and adventure-themed gameplay? Blue Isle says that Valley will feature a unique death mechanic that ties directly into the state of the world; the more you die, the more the world around you dies.
Okay, so what about the story? Well, the game’s description reads:
Hidden deep within a remote region of the Rocky Mountains, you find yourself bewildered within a secluded valley. With the power of a recently discovered L.E.A.F. suit (Leap Effortlessly though Air Functionality), run and jump your way through beautiful forests, dangerous ruins and vast environments; all the while utilizing the power to control life and death to uncover the startling secrets of the mysterious valley.
Blue Isle Studios CEO Alex Tintor says that the idea for the game arose from the studio wanting to do something “completely unique” after the success of Slender: The Arrival.
After the success of Slender: The Arrival, we wanted to do something completely unique that offered players an amazing amount of freedom, and Valley is just that. This is an incredibly exciting project for us – something totally new and distinct, that we expect will intrigue players.
The closing seconds of the gameplay trailer reveal a planned release date of summer, 2016. Assuming Blue Isle Studios stick to the planned date, you can expect to see Valley launch (only a digital release has been confirmed so far) as early as June.