Howdy of us! I’m Ricardo Cesteiro, co-founder and producer at Camel 101. A few of you could recall listening to from me again in 2018 once I wrote my first weblog submit right here, asserting These Who Stay. Again then, our intention was to launch the sport later that yr, however the complexity of the mission grew and grew, as did our ambitions as we dedicated to creating the sport higher, and higher nonetheless.
In the present day, I deliver a lot thrilling information! as it’s with nice pleasure that I can lastly share with you all that the sport will launch on Could 15 — what’s extra, I may reveal that there might be a retail-exclusive Deluxe Version that can embody a digital obtain of the fantastically illustrated comedian prequel story, ‘These Who Stay: Lights Out.’
So, to recap, what precisely is These Who Stay?
We prefer to name it a first-person ‘psychological adventure-thriller.’ It’s tense, unnerving, and it actually will get scary typically, however we wouldn’t essentially contemplate it a typical horror sport. That’s not what we got down to do.
The aim is to not scare the participant, per se — we don’t use formulaic soar scares as a driving design precept. We really feel that a sturdy and foreboding environment and an ominous setting may be extra highly effective — and way more fear-inducing — in the long term, than a random screaming individual showing in entrance of the display all of a sudden, for instance. We hope you get a way of that from the trailer, which we’re displaying you right here at this time completely.
Within the trailer we present Edward arriving in Dormont, as he contemplates his life and the errors he’s made. This is without doubt one of the main themes inside the sport: actions and penalties. The issues that we do in life and the way our choices have an effect on different folks. Gamers must make their very own selections within the sport too — which have penalties.
The sport has two key defining mechanics: one is that the participant can’t go into the darkish. There are mysterious shadow figures there that can assault and kill on sight, that means you’ll want to control gentle sources as a way to clear a path and scare them away.
The opposite is that the participant must journey by means of “the opposite place,” a mirror dimension that’s virtually a twisted model of our personal actuality. What occurs in a single dimension impacts the opposite, so the participant would possibly want to maneuver by means of dimensions to resolve a particular puzzle or state of affairs to progress.
There are additionally a number of conditions the place the participant must make ethical selections that can have an effect on the ending. This can be a sport about selections and penalties, and we wish the participant to really feel the burden of their actions.
One of many issues that we loved essentially the most about engaged on this sport was creating the story, the characters, the city, and all its surrounding environments. We imagine that we’ve crafted a wealthy universe, and that’s a part of the explanation we determined to increase it to different media by way of the comedian, which explores occasions that occurred in Dormont when every part went darkish.
This can be a very satisfying mission to work on, because it has allowed us to discover human feelings and relationships as the sport delves deep into the human psyche. We might have made a ghost story, or a haunted home story (many a positive sport has been based mostly on), however we got down to make one thing just a little completely different, whereas addressing delicate matters like bullying, infidelity and suicide. This stuff sadly occur they usually’re part of our lives, and videogames are an ideal automobile to speak about them.
Being horror and “weirdness” junkies ourselves, we drew inspiration from many alternative sources and media when creating These Who Stay, and particularly from supernatural motion pictures and TV exhibits.
For instance, Dormont might simply be in comparison with Twin Peaks, a small lovely city the place every part appears calm and peaceable, whereas hiding deep darkish secrets and techniques beneath.
The shadow figures that roam in the dead of night might have simply stepped out of a Stephen King novel, and the “different place” — the twisted actuality that may be accessed by coming into unusual glowing portals… properly, we’ll allow you to determine that one out by yourself from Could 15, if you’ll get to delve deep into the twisted actuality of Dormont and uncover its many underlying secrets and techniques…