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Indie Spotlight - Allison Road

Our weekly Indie Spotlight articles highlight one indie game that we feel is worth your attention. Every game listed has a planned console release for the Xbox One and/or PS4.

Allison Road

Allison Road has been hailed as the spiritual successor to the popular P.T. game, also known as the Playable Trailer for the new Silent Hills. Created by a passionate group of indie developers, Allision Road takes inspiration from the old school classic horror games. True horror games survive through indie developers such as these. Through our weekly Indie Spotlights, games such as Grave, The Forest, Summer Camp, and Caffeine have proven that to be true.

In Allison Road you will take on the role of the unnamed protagonist, who wakes up one day without any recollection of prior events. Over the course of five nights it is your objective to uncover the whereabouts of your family, unravel the mysteries of the house, and face off against Lily and other dark entities that are nested deep within its walls, while the clock is relentlessly ticking towards 3:00am.

What would you do if you could feel something stalking you in the dark in the safety of your own home? If you couldn't tell what's real and what's not?

The Old Games Matter

"Allison Road is all about a feeling of intimacy and our biggest aim is to really deliver a sense of reality to your home screens.

Through the use of high-end tech (including VR), disturbing gameplay and a compelling narrative, we aim to create a thoroughly engrossing experience. We have very fond memories playing game like Resident Evil, Silent ill 2 and Dead Space.

Slowly sneaking through the long, zombie-infested hallways just waiting for the Cerberus to burst through the window, James Sunderland's perilous journey of self-discovery through Silent Hill in the search for his late wife, or Issac Clarke's nightmare trip through the dark corridors of the Ishimura.

These days it seems that horror games are more about style over substance and little to no narrative, whereas we are going to return to the roots of true psychological horror.

As you can see from our 1st playable video, we believe it is as much about what you can't see, as it is about what you can see."

Game Mechanics Matter

"As the house creaks, watching over you, you must examine everything, check everything and learn from everything. Take your time as you gather clues, but remember to keep an eye on the clock, because as the night falls and the light fades, your nightmares will really begin.

Stealth and exploration are your key survival skills as you explore this unfamiliar environment. Be careful not to attract any unwanted attention, because there is something in the dark, something outside, in the next room or behind the cupboard door.

Sound Matters

There is no such thing as great horror without great sound.

Allison Road is built with an understanding of the psychology of audio and will feature terrifying soundscapes created by our extremely talented composer Marco.

The game will also feature deeply disturbing sound FX tailor-made by our own SFX specialist Jonas, which will fill every minute of Allison Road with tense atmosphere.

Allison Road was scheduled to release before the end of 2016 according to their Kickstarter page. Since then the team has dropped the crowdfunding method and has signed with indie publisher Team17. The game is being developed for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. For more information follow the lead designer Chris Kesler on Twitter @Chris_HSbF6 or follow the game @AllisonRoad_HQ.
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