After an odd SOMA PS4 teaser developer Frictional Games have shed a little more light on its, “sci-fi horror game” for PlayStation 4 and released a gameplay video. It looks a lot like a cross between Silent Hill and the machine world from The Matrix. In.
SOMA announced for PS4 from Amnesia dev Frictional Games
Frictional Games are mostly famous for the PC only Amnesia: The Dark Descent and here creative director Thomas Grip explains more about SOMA:
“It is a sci-fi horror game played from a first person perspective. You are not a space marine though, but a normal, and very exposed, person trapped in a nightmarish world. SOMA is a game about exploration, survival and immersing you inside an interactive narrative. Great sci-fi authors like Asimov, Dick and Heinlein all do this. We want to give SOMA this quality as well.
The subject that SOMA will discuss is consciousness. Personally, I find it the most profound questions that it is possible to ask. “How can the feeling of subjective experience arise from a chunk of flesh?” Exploring this further takes us to questions such as ‘Can machines be conscious?’ and ‘Do we have free will?’ It quickly gets very disturbing and is ideal for a futuristic horror setting.
From the start, we knew that this could not just come through background story or dialogue. We want you to PLAY through this. It must be an integral part of the gameplay and not just fluff. Part of this comes through the game’s monsters. You will encounter a number of strange creatures, each an embodiment of an aspect of our themes. In order to survive the journey, you need to understand how they work and in the process take on extremely unsettling subjects”.
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