Funcom, the developer of The Longest Journey and The Secret World, will launch its first-person horror game The Park on 3rd May for PS4 and Xbox One.
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Funcom's spooky single-player horror The Park will rattle onto PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Q1 2016.
The rise of the narrative adventure presents fresh challenges for both developers and reviewers alike. The reliable old mechanical barometers of quality become less important when your only interaction with the game world is to walk through and occasionally pick things up - features that are now pre-baked into every middleware game engine, and thus nearly impossible to get wrong.
In the post Dear Esther adventure genre, the emphasis is therefore skewed heavily towards the writing of the characters, the ability to tell a coherent story through fragmented scraps and the overall visual design of the world. The Park, a stroll through a sinister theme park from The Secret World developer Funcom, is only ever partially successful.
You play as Lorraine, a young widowed mother who has brought her son, Callum, to Atlantic Island Park, the New England attraction that she used to visit as a child. The park is closed when the game begins, but Callum has lost his teddy bear and while you have a conversation with the guy in the ticket office, Callum runs back into the park to find his toy. You, of course, must now follow him and that's when the weird s*** starts to go down.
The Secret World and The Longest Journey developer Funcom's upcoming "single-player psychological horror experience" The Park is set for a 27th October release on PC.
Funcom likened The Park to something like Gone Home or The Vanishing of Ethan Carter wherein you explore an environment in first-person - a genre mockingly dubbed "walking simulator".
Set in an abandoned amusement park, The Park follows the story of a mother named Lorraine, whose son has run off. It quickly becomes clear that sinister forces are afoot in this macabre midway. The developer cited Stephen King as an influence, though it seems like there's a fair bit of Ray Bradbury mixed in there too.
Age of Conan and The Secret World developer Funcom has announced single-player PC horror game The Park.
It's out in October, just two months time.
Funcom describes The Park as a "short but intense" experience that sees players investigate a spooky theme park after dark. You play as mum Lorraine who is hunting for her missing son, Callum.