Creeping dread, technological terrors, and bodies forcibly merged with machinery look to be on offer in the upcoming horror game SOMA. Awesome.
Developer Frictional Games has been teasing SOMA for quite a while now with live-action trailers focusing on existential dread and spooky, evil-seeming computers, but we’ve only seen a little bit of actual gameplay until now. Today that’s been remedied with the 12 minutes of gameplay, including a big, plodding robot murder monster, above.
Frictional’s horror pedigree is a strong one, including games like Penumbra and Amnesia: The Dark Descent. The latter is a Lovecraftian first-person indie game in which players explore a mansion without the benefit of weapons to fight off the eldritch horrors within. It did a great job of making players feel powerless and vulnerable. And Amnesia’s no-weapons hide-and-hope-not-to-die gameplay helped lead to other spooky horror titles, like last year’s Alien: Isolation and 2013’s Outlast.
You kind of need to play it to realize how terrifying it is to be defenseless in these situation. SOMA is definitely nailing its techno-horror atmosphere, in any case. The game hits PC, Mac and Playstation 4 on Sept. 22.