The game is scheduled for an early 2024 release.
There has rarely been a better time in recent memory to be a fan of survival horrors than now. From recent releases like the one from Motive Studio Dead space remake and Capcom’s own remake of resident evil 4 to highly anticipated games like Amnesia: The Bunker and alan stela 2there’s a veritable embarrassment of riches to choose from for gamers who prefer their usual diet of action thrills accompanied by chills.
On Friday, Bristol, UK-based developer Headware Games (aka Nathan Hamley) released a five-minute gameplay trailer for its upcoming survival horror title. hollow body, and from the sounds of it, it’s certainly shaping up to be a game worth looking forward to. Described as a “tech-noir homage to classic survival horror”. hollow body places players in the role of Mica, an unlicensed shipper (i.e. courier) working for a black market syndicate based in the dystopian near future of Bristol.
The trailer opens with a scene where Mica crash-landed in a long-abandoned neighborhood on the outskirts of the city’s habitable zone, to the Blade Runner 2049. With limited resources, no way to contact his employers, and no other options, Mica must brave the desolate ruins of this quarantined area in search of a way to repair his vehicle or find another way to safety.
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However, solving environmental puzzles and scavenging through the rubble of abandoned apartment buildings will be the least of your problems. As we see in the trailer, Mica is not alone, and in order to survive, she will have to navigate an onslaught of post-human nightmares likely driven mad by invasive black market technology.
The gameplay seems clearly indebted to that of predecessors like 2001. silent hill 2 and 1999 Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, featuring fixed camera angles and brief loading screen cutscenes interspersed with resource scavenging and scripted events. There are also some cool modern visual quirks, like vanishing wall animations and on-screen item descriptions rendered as diegetic augmented reality screens. It is a contemporary homage to the Silent Hill series similar in style to last year. signalalbeit with an apparent stronger emphasis on jump scares and scripted combat.
What is also interesting are the inspirations for the game other than Silent Hill. It is based on contemporary issues such as class conflict and wealth inequality in industrialized countries. “There are a lot of narrative reasons why I wanted to frame this game in a near-future setting,” Hamley told NME last year. “But to get the horror elements right, I wanted to be able to ground it in something familiar. So I modeled the environments after various buildings and locations in my hometown of Bristol. If you like, you can call it a metaphor for post-Brexit Britain. It wouldn’t be far.
hollow body it is scheduled to launch on Windows PCs in early 2024.