Be prepared to scream.
From Sony Computer Entertainment and Supermassive Games, “Until Dawn” is a horror video game in the likes of 2012’s movie “The Cabin in the Woods.”
The plotline is simple: a bunch of young adults staying in a cabin in the woods on the anniversary of the death of one of their friends, as some slasher serial killer picks each person one by one
Sony had a short demonstration on the exhibit room of CES 2015 earlier this month in Las Vegas. The demo consisted of playing Sam, a young female in the likeness of Hayden Panettierre, as she wanders an empty cabin only in her towel with a crazy clown hunting her down.
“Until Dawn” is an interactive survival horror video game that rests upon quick decision-making by the video gamer. It’s along the lines of playing Quantic Dream’s “Heavy Rain,” in which many options are presented with different obstacles. However, being in a slasher video game, the gamer must think fast for the ultimate survival.
One of the best parts of the video is the adaptability of the storyline in accordance to the gamer’s actions. A decision by the gamer could easily affect another character in the storyline in a life or death scenario. So run, hide or fight—all decisions will have their consequences. And before the actual gameplay, the game will survey the gamer on their preferences to gore, horror, darkness, etc. It creates the ultimate horror experience for the gamer. For example, if the gamer dislikes the sight of blood, then the game will insert plenty of gore as a result.
The short demo of playing a girl only in her bathrobe is truly terrifying. In this play through, I managed to encounter a killer clown while tripping over furniture and stairs. My general fear is of the darkness and the game adjusted to those fears with myself relying mainly one other senses. It was quite entertaining until one wrong decision—I simply met my demise.
The game has eight different teenage playable characters as the gamer attempts to assist in their survival. The characters’ likeness is captured by real actors like Panettiere (“Nashville”), Rami Malek (“Night of the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”), Brett Dalton (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and Meaghan Martin (“Camp Rock”).
Each game play through is approximately 8 to 10 hours. However, it supposedly has a high replay rate so the gamer could go through the same storyline with different decisions to witness other results.
“Until Dawn” is definitely one of the video games to watch in 2015. It will be a video game exclusive release title for the PlayStation 4 this summer.
Check out some of the images and introduction trailer below.