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Launching their Kickstarter campaign on May 15th, Sense: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story is one that should be watched closely, as it seems quite promising. Set in 2083 Neo Hong Kong, the developers are claiming inspiration from pop culture phenomenon Blade Runner and old videogame horror franchises Fatal Frame and Clock Tower. Now that's a surefire way to get the attention of a person such as myself because it goes without saying that I love me some Bladerunner and I grew up playing the Fatal Frame and Clock Tower series. Whether or not it can live up to the standards that the aforementioned has set, however, remains to be seen.
It does have an interesting premise, though. You play as a young woman named Mei as she explores the derelict Chong Sing Apartments. She must explore and solve a mystery by talking to the lost souls that inhabit the place and piece together their stories. The developers aim to bring the terror, not by jump scares and gruesome sights, but instead by atmospheric tension and storytelling. It’s not a new concept, to be sure, but a lot of modern games forego this in favor of cheap thrills and easy scares by overpowering you with disturbing imagery and baddies jumping at you from out a nowhere. Hopefully, Sense: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story gets funded so we see more of this intriguing title.
Platforms: Currently aiming for PC release. PS4, Vita, and Switch are included as a possibility in the stretch goals. As of this writing the funded has already reached 44%, so who knows.