The twisted minds that brought you Amnesia and Penumbra, Frictional Games, are back and ready to make you shit your pants with fear with SOMA.
SOMA has been a three-year labor of love and once again combines “explorative horror, provocative storytelling, and unfathomable tension, free of distractive cut-scenes and combat,” which basically means that just like Amnesia, you are up the creek without a paddle.
Strange occurrences are disrupting the routines of the PATHOS-2 research facility. The radio is silent. Behavioral anomalies of the machines are increasingly dangerous, if not… malevolent. The facility is devolving into chaos. No weapons, and the only escape is practically unthinkable.
SOMA is an aberrant tale of scientific inquiry and survival, an entropic exploration of synapse and circuit that wades through the delusions of human consciousness.
Basically what I said, you’ll shit your pants.
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FG’s creative director Thomas Grip told Playstation.Blog: “For the last three years, we have been working on a game called SOMA,” creative director Thomas Grip said. “This game is by far the most ambitious and thrilling project we have ever undertaken… SOMA is meant to chill you to your core and confront you with questions about your very existence.”
“SOMA is meant to be a proper sci-fi game; 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. It is the kind of sci-fi that we want to make.”
My only hope is that the action picks up a little quicker than Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs; admittedly, I began to tune out after an hour of wandering around the house and only having small shots of scares scattered throughout.
There’s nothing about SOMA as of yet on Frictional Games’ official website, but as the game won’t be released for PC and PlayStation 4 until 2015 (sorry, Xbox), I’d keep checking the site for more details!
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