Horror specialist Supermassive has started work on its next game and confirmed that it’s roughly the same size and “same kind of horror genre” as its previous offering, The Quarry.
“We started working on [the next game]said studio head Will Byles. CVG (opens in a new tab). “I can’t really tell you much about it, but we’ve started. Again, it’s the same kind of horror genre, we stick to that. It’s equivalent in size to The Quarry… and that’s about all I can say without giving away too much.
“I don’t know how far we can extend teen horror further, because especially when we try to shake it up, the number of surprises you can add becomes limited.”
Despite his work on the episodic games in the Dark Pictures anthology (Man of Medan, Little Hope, House of Ashes, and the upcoming The Devil In Me), Byles said he preferred “the luxury” of working on longer games, since which allows the team to “dig deeper into the characters”.
“I like the luxury of being able to really explore the characters and that comes with a longer story,” he explained. “Some people are annoyed that they get bored, but I really like the fact that you can go deeper into the characters and explore the relationships in a way that’s more difficult in a shorter story.”
Best of all? This time there won’t be a seven-year wait between release dates.
“No, it certainly won’t be the seven years it took until dawn,” he confirmed. “It will be 2025, or maybe 2026.”
Haven’t tried The Quarry yet? Leon said that while “it’s slow at the start”, he “enjoyed The Quarry’s inconsistent ride” by the end and gave it 3 out of 5 stars on the GameMe + The Quarry Review.
“There are some good sections and great moments, and there’s a nice collectible element where interrelated clues expand and fill in the backstory if you find related items, and I enjoyed trying to guess what was going on,” he wrote.
“But I spent most of my time playing the game waiting for things to work properly only for it to end almost as soon as it did. Here’s a decent stab at a raunchy Teen Murder Simulator in the style of a slasher movie but one that feels unbalanced by the size of its cast. Fewer people could have allowed the final act, where the best things happen, to open up more, but as it stands, there’s a lot more scenery to pay off.”
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