There is presently a really spooky pulsating object on Frictional Games’ web site – and judging by the web page identify, I suppose it is protected to say this is a couple of new game. But what is that factor? An eyeball, frogspawn? Who is aware of.
The studio, recognized for its completely terrifying horror video games Amnesia: The Dark Descent and SOMA, apparently started the ARG on the finish of December – and followers are within the midst of unravelling the thriller.
For these unfamiliar, ARG means alternate actuality game, usually taking the type of a treasure hunt throughout the web to hop between clues and clear up a puzzle. Transmedia storytelling, if you’d like to be fancy – and one well-known instance contains the I Love Bees ARG used to market Halo 2.
The important dialogue appears to be going down on the Frictional Games Discord, and inside that, somebody’s created a Google doc to record all doable concepts. The important findings to this point, as defined by Foxnull on ResetEra, are two YouTube movies – the primary of which was discovered by hovering over an eyeball hieroglyph on the web site. Fans have to this point noticed some bizarre symbols on a rock, theories for which presently vary from mitosis to alien symbols. The video’s description, in the meantime, says the video is from Shetpe in Kazakhstan, suggesting the game might happen throughout the time of the KSSR (1936-91). A doable location, maybe?
The second YouTube video, in the meantime, was discovered by way of the web site’s code – and leads to a black-screen video with some nasty screams. ARG-ers are presently specializing in the “triple crown” trace within the description, which some consider may very well be linked to the Egyption Triple Atef or “Hemhem” crown. That would hyperlink in properly with the Egyptian-style eye on the web site, however it’s nonetheless anybody’s guess.
This is not the primary time Frictional Games has used an ARG to tease a new game: one was used to market SOMA, the reward for which was a 12-minute gameplay trailer. This one’s a bit totally different, as we do not but know the new game’s title – which might make the reward even sweeter. Or extra horrifying, maybe.