Fresh off the success of Layers of Fear, the people over at Bloober Team have announced that they will begin publishing independent horror games. Calling themselves Feardemic, their first project will be Perception, a psychological horror game developed by a team of ex-BioShock and Dead Space developers. Perception is a first person experience by The Deep End Games in which the player controls a character who is blind. They must use sound to navigate a house, solving puzzles and avoiding hazards along the way. To me, the most unique thing about Perception is how it visually represents sound to the player. It provides a believable representation of how the world may look to someone who is blind.
Additionally, The Deep End Games’ partnership with Feardemic is allowing them to launch Perception on both PC and PlayStation 4. The formation is Feardemic is exciting news for horror fans and will hopefully lead to more bone-chilling experiences in the future.
Take a look at The Deep End Games’ full press release below for more info on their Feardemic partnership and Perception.
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Press release as follows:
Boston-based The Deep End Games announces partnership with Feardemic, a new publisher focused on unique psychological horrors
The Deep End Games is pleased to announce a partnership with Feardemic, a brand-new publishing label owned by Layers of Fear developer Bloober Team, which specializes in releasing independent horror games. Perception’s release will mark the label’s inauguration.
Perception is a first-person narrative horror adventure featuring a young, blind woman who depends on her razor-sharp hearing to solve an ancient mystery and survive the forces that pursue her.
In addition to the PC version, which was originally funded on Kickstarter, the team is now simultaneously working on the game for PlayStation 4. Both versions are set to release this year. The team just announced the PS4 version via the PlayStation Blog, where you can find more info.
“We have had an overwhelming number of requests to bring Perception to PlayStation 4 players. Needless to say, we’re stoked to make this happen!” said Bill Gardner, creative director at The Deep End Games. “It’s also fantastic to have a great publishing partner like Feardemic to help ship the game, allowing us to focus on development as much as possible.”
“We couldn’t dream of a better partner than The Deep End Games to commence our work in the publishing industry,” said Marta Matyjewicz, marketing manager at Feardemic. “We’re excited to work with Perception, and honoured that we have the opportunity to deliver this unique horror experience to players on PC and PS4.”
About The Deep End Games
The Deep End Games is an independent game developer formed by industry veterans of games like the BioShock series, Rock Band, Dead Space and many more. Perception is a trademark of The Deep End Games.
Feardemic is an independent video game software publisher, based in Krakow, Poland. We are interested in publishing only exceptional and ambitious psychological horror games.
We’re all about unconventional ways of thinking, and we build up an unique strategy for each title we work with. As a company, we have a developer background ourselves, so we have a pretty solid grasp of how things work from the other side. We do what we do because we’re truly passionate about good psychological horror and we’d love to see more and more of it.
So, dear developer – if you’re making a psychological horror game, and you think it’s something really groundbreaking – hit us up. You won’t find a better publisher for your game.
Perception is a first-person narrative horror adventure that tells the story of Cassie, a blind heroine who uses her extraordinary hearing and razor-sharp wits to unravel the mysteries of an abandoned estate that haunts her dreams.
After months of research, she discovers an abandoned mansion in Gloucester, MA. Once there, Cassie finds that Echo Bluff is worse than her nightmares. A ghostly Presence has tormented its inhabitants over generations, and it now hunts Cassie. She must solve the estate’s mysteries or become one of its victims.
Cassie finds her way by tapping her cane and can “see” via echolocation. She needs to avoid detection and uses ambient sounds of the house to help her navigate or uses objects to create distractions. Every sound creates a visual. But there is a cost…sound will attract your enemies and reveal your location.
Genre: Psychological Horror
Platform: PC, PS4
Developer: The Deep End Games
Release Date: TBA