Slender: The Arrival

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VideoWatch: Johnny and Aoife play Slender: The Arrival

In the latest episode of Late to the Party.

VideoVideo: Halloween spooktacular

Streaming special taking you from 5pm through to the witching hours.

VideoSee the new Slender in action here from 5pm GMT

UPDATE: Postponed due to technical difficulties!

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VideoWatch: Johnny and Aoife play Slender: The Arrival

In the latest episode of Late to the Party.

I've been aware of Slender Man as a character and as a meme for a long time now, but I've never really bothered exploring any of his video game incarnations; mostly because I don't fare very well with horror games.

Slender: The Arrival PS4, Xbox One release date revealed

Survival horror Slender: The Arrival will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 25th March, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced.

US gamers will get the PS4 version a day earlier, on 24th March. There, it'll cost $9.99 (UK pricing is still to be confirmed).

Arrival's story sees main character Kate hunting for her friend across a number of suitably spooky environments.

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VideoVideo: Halloween spooktacular

Streaming special taking you from 5pm through to the witching hours.

Happy Halloween! Or, if you're not American, happy day of being quite bewildered at why everyone's in fancy dress and spending the night with the lights off in the hope that the local children don't come knocking asking for sweets!

Slender: The Arrival sets a PS3 and Xbox 360 release date

Slender: The Arrival sets a PS3 and Xbox 360 release date

The PC version will get the new content for free.

Slender: The Arrival, the commercial remake of first-person browser-horror phenomenon Slender: The Eight Pages, is coming to PS3 and Xbox 360 on 24th September, publisher Midnight City has announced.

It will go for $9.99, so about 7.

This console port of the spooky spectacle comes with new levels, characters and stories. But fear not, ye PC players, for if you have Slender: The Arrival on PC you'll get the added content as free DLC.

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Slender: The Arrival review

Slender: The Arrival review

He's behind you.

Slender: The Arrival is a work of horror, but 'horror' doesn't come close to covering the emotional journey involved. Angst comes first. It arrives after you leave the muffled safety of your Jeep and twist through the trees towards an old friend's mansion for a reunion. As any walker knows, night doesn't fall in a forest. It rises, up from the brush, in great billowing shadows. By the time you make it to the front door the light has entirely failed, the darkness surged through the leaf canopy, up and up, to form a unanimous night.

Angst turns to concern when you find the house open, but haggardly deserted. The windows are open, the TV emits a threatening buzz of static: oh no, where is she? Just as you locate a torch on the dining room table amongst the other domestic debris, a scream streaks in from the back yard. Now concern contorts into anxiety as the implicit is made audibly explicit. There might be any number of legitimate reasons for a house to be deserted, but there's usually only one reason a woman shrieks in the countryside at night. Against your better instincts, you trip down the staircase, obeying the game's monolithic, unsympathetic instruction to Investigate scream beyond the back gate.

Fear comes next, as you creep back into the forest in search of the screamer. Like the forest dark, fear grows upwards, from the inside as your mind shines a torch on formless childhood memories, somehow linked to the scene in your subconscious - the time you lost sight of your mother in the supermarket; the night you woke in bed, paralysed by the knowledge you were no longer alone. You hear another's footsteps close by, but when you swivel to look, there's no one there. In this self-doubt (am I hearing things?) fear tightens its coil and slowly deafens when you find the first page from your friend's diary, nailed to a tree ("Help me!"), pinned to a concrete wall ("Go home"), on the aluminium side of a radio tower. A heartbeat pulse thuds in the soundtrack.

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VideoSee the new Slender in action here from 5pm GMT

UPDATE: Postponed due to technical difficulties!

UPDATE: Due to some technical difficulties we're going to have to postpone this live-stream. Sorry! We'll return to Slender: The Arrival in the near future. And I promise this hasn't been cancelled simply because Ian's too scared.

Pre-orders for Slender: The Arrival are half-off, come with instant beta access

Pre-orders for Slender: The Arrival are half-off, come with instant beta access

Watch 11 minutes of the official remake of last year's freeware sensation.

Slender: The Arrival, the official remake of indie horror phenomenon Slender: The Eight Pages, is coming on 26th March and developer Blue Isle Studios is offering a half-off discount on pre-orders.

This means it will come to $5 instead of $10 (or your local equivalent).

Enticingly, pre-order also come with instant beta access, so interested parties with a few quid to spare can hop into the horror today.

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Official Slender remake The Arrival announced

Official Slender remake The Arrival announced

Have you lost weight? New haircut? Maybe grown some tentacles?

First-person horror phenomenon Slender: The Eight Pages is getting an official remake on PC, creator Mark "AgentParsec" Hadley has announced.

Entitled Slender: The Arrival, the remake is being developed by Hadley's ParsecProductions in association with Toronto-based indie outfit Blue Isle Studios.

It will feature enhanced visuals, more stages and a further fleshed-out story. All these improvements come at a cost as unlike the original Slender, The Arrival won't be free.

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