Sweden-based developer Frictional Games has a history of creating the scariest games known to man. Their next project involves aliens, brains, pooping your pants in terror, and will be coming to PC and PS4.
While Frictional has been teasing SOMA with live-action trailers for the last month or so, today they revealed the gameplay trailer for the project and it is suitably creepy. Refreshingly, it appears that the development team decided to leave grim Victorian era Europe in favor of a creepy sci-fi aesthetic.
In the trailer we see robots, what appears to be alien technology, and lobotomies. The gameplay looks very similar to Amnesia: The Dark Descent, though the player's character seems to have more to say than the protagonist of Amnesia. The trailer ends with the phrase "I Think, therefore I am," a quote from the French philosopher Descartes.
Thomas Grip, the lead creative director of SOMA posted some of his thoughts on the project while announcing that the title will be coming to PlayStation 4:
The subject that SOMA will discuss is consciousness. Personally, I find it the most profound questions that it is possible to ask. “How can the feeling of subjective experience arise from a chunk of flesh?” Exploring this further takes us to questions such as “Can machines be conscious?” and “Do we have free will?” It quickly gets very disturbing, and is ideal for a futuristic horror setting. It is the kind of sci-fi that we want to make.
From the start, we knew that this could not just come through background story or dialog. We want you to play through this. It must be an integral part of the gameplay, not just fluff. [...] Our goal is for SOMA to not just be another carnival ride of cheap scares. It is meant to chill you to your core, and confront you with questions about your very existence.
SOMA will be releasing sometime in 2015.