Silent Hills may have been cancelled, but we could be getting the next best thing with Allison Road, a first-person horror game that looks like a spiritual successor to Kojima Productions' P.T., the now defunct free game designed to tease Konami's since shuttered horror title.
Like P.T. Allison Road is set in a painstakingly rendered middle-class abode where something is very, very wrong. And I don't just mean the dirty dishes in the sink (though those are pretty gnarly). The player character starts hearing disturbing voices, lights randomly turn off and flicker, and the walls begin to bleed.
Unlike P.T., but a lot like old Silent Hill games, the protagonist in Allison Road comments on his surroundings. You can also pick up and examine items ala Gone Home, and a caption notes that you can equip a butcher knife, suggesting Allison Road will have some degree of combat.
Allison Road puts players in the shoes of a man who repeatedly wakes up in a house with no memory of how he got there. Over the course of five nights he must piece together the mystery of this godforsaken place along with locating his lost (and quite possibly dead) family.
Of course, what made P.T. so novel was that we hadn't seen anything like it before. Its strange origin, lack of clues, ambiguous storytelling and borderline nonsensical game design were all unsettling curveballs designed to throw us off guard. I'm worried Allison Road may try too hard to repeat Kojima Productions' tricks rather than pull off new ones of its own, and tossing in more traditional elements like a speaking player character and combat seem worrisomely conservative in a genre that may be reaching its zenith.
Still, I can't say the 13-minute gameplay demo above didn't give me the heebie-jeebies at times - and given how many horror titles I've braved over the years that's gotta be worth something.
Furthermore, Allison Road will feature Oculus Rift support, for the more daring, less motion-sick prone players out there.
Allison Road has already been greenlit on Steam based on community voting. It's shooting for a Q3 2016 release on PC.
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