I’m always up for twists on the Horror genre. Pure survival scare a second horror (a.k.a. Outlast) has never really jelled with me, but I’m a great fan of games that embrace the spooky with an interesting mechanic (DUSKERS), view point (Neverending Nightmares) or ability to avoid the standard tropes (Albino Lullaby).
Jonathan Stemmild has just announced that his game The Piano will be releasing on Steam on May 24th. One part survival horror, one part part noir murder mystery, The Piano looks like it has a tone of potential:
Accused of his brothers’ murders, failed pianist John Barnerway searches for answers on the streets of post-war Paris — but something’s not right about this place.
The Piano honestly look like it might not really even be that much of a horror game. Sure, it’s spooky, there are ghosty bois about, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a couple of jump scares (well, I probably would be), but it’s clearly been influenced by film noir, and has set up the potential for an emotional story about a man struggling with grief, and with mental illness in a time when such illnesses weren’t widely understood.
Five years ago I had the idea of making a horror game that wasn’t just about the scares, but which featured a deep and personal story that players could become emotionally invested in. It was my first game and I never really expected much to come of it – but suddenly, something I dreamed about for years is becoming reality, and time is just flying by. – Jonathan Stemmildt, creator of The Piano
The Piano will be released on Thursday 24th May 2018 via Steam.