Former BioShock devs Kickstart Perception - a horror game featuring a blind protagonist

New horror game from the minds behind BioShock

Deep End Games, an Indie studio containing a number of former Irrational Games developers, have launched a Kickstarter campaign for horror game Perception.

The newly announced title puts you in the shoes of Cassie, a blind woman investigating the going’s on at Echo Bluff, a creepy old Mansion occupied by an even creepier force known as ‘The Presence’.

You must make noise to see

Cassie’s only means of seeing the world around her is through the use of echolocation – relying on sound to identify her surroundings. It’s an intriguing premise that puts the player in the precarious situation of having to make noise in order to see the world around them thus increasing the possibility of attracting the horror they are trying to escape from.

Arming players with only a cane and a smartphone, the game boasts the same tense hide and seeks style gameplay found in some of the most unnerving titles offered by the genre, namely Outlast and Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

Cassie will also have the ability to travel through time, witnessing different iterations of the mansion and tasked with solving its mysteries in order to escape.

Given the calibre of talent behind the game, and their innate ability to create engrossing narratives, Perception could provide a distinctly divergent and engaging experience, should it reach its $150,000 goal.

So far, this only guarantees a PC release, with other platforms a consideration depending on how successful the crowdfunding campaign is. If funded, the game is expected to launch by June 2016.


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Published May. 26th 2015
  • K.W. Colyard
    I love the look of this. I'm much too chicken to play it, though, haha.
  • KungFro
    As someone who is studying sound design in school, this concept is one of the coolest I've seen. The BioShock games were a lot of fun, so I trust in the content creators to deliver. Still, I was sitting on the edge of my seat the entire time and had a mini heart attack every time she struck her cane. Haha horror and I are not the best of friends.
  • Victor Ren
    The atmosphere seems great, and I was immediately creeped out just watching the girl go into the house. It has a lot of potential with the unique concept, and also the experience in the developers. $150,000 is a lot but hopefully it can reach its goal.

    Also this may be kind of dumb but I was recently watching Daredevil on Netflix, and that made this game seem even more kickass.
  • Jackson Ingram
    Yikes, this looks terrifying. I can't wait to see (hear? sense?) the concepts behind the monsters/antagonists.
  • GameSkinny Staff
    I'm super duper trooper into this concept, I hope they make it - forcing the player to make noise to progress is just a phenomenal idea.

    Also, I hope this makes it to Occulus Rift. Because holy crap, this would be so cool as VR!
  • Curtis Dillon
    This game looks interesting. Given the immense backing of Yooka-Laylee and Bloodstained, I would like to think this will be pretty straight-forward but there was a project by ex-Bioshock people a while ago and it failed to meet funding. Hopefully that isn't the case with this!
  • Anne-Marie Coyle
    Yeah I thought The Black Glove looked really intriguing. I also thought the reputation of those behind it would have been enough to see it funded. Fingers crossed this has better luck!
  • GameSkinny Staff
    If I remember right, RimWorld was an ex-BioShock dev too. People funded that like nuts!

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