Horror is a genre that so often fosters experimentation in the video game industry. From Among the Sleep to the wildly successful Five Nights at Freddy’s, in recent years genre fans have found themselves awash with intriguing experiences that aren’t afraid to stray from the beaten path.
Ditching the blockbuster spectacle that has defined more recent installments in the series, Resident Evil 7 is one such title that will hope to recapture its industry-defining legacy in little over a week’s time, but there’s another first-person horror game in the works for PS4, and it’s coming from a team of developers whose credits include BioShock and Dead Space. It’s called Perception, and will have players creeping gingerly through the corridors of an old, abandoned mansion as Cassie, a blind heroine who must call upon her extraordinary hearing (echolocation?) to avoid a malevolent force known only as the Presence.
Per PS Blog:
Perception is a first-person narrative horror adventure that tells the story of Cassie, a blind heroine who uses her extraordinary hearing and razor-sharp wits to unravel the mysteries of an abandoned estate that haunts her dreams.
After months of research, she discovers an abandoned mansion in Gloucester, MA. Once there, Cassie finds that Echo Bluff is worse than her nightmares. A ghostly Presence has tormented its inhabitants over generations, and it now hunts Cassie. She must solve the estate’s mysteries or become one of its victims.
Cassie finds her way by tapping her cane and can “see” via echolocation. She needs to avoid detection and uses ambient sounds of the house to help her navigate or uses objects to create distractions. Every sound creates a visual. But there is a cost…sound will attract your enemies and reveal your location.
The Deep End Games stopped short of disclosing an official release window for Perception, all we know for sure is that it’s in development for both PC and PS4. Curious to see Cassie in action? You can have a gander at an old trailer for the game, above.
Source: PS Blog