Gaming studio Playmind introduces The InnerFriend, a new horror game slated for release on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
Expected to come out this September, the game invites players to conquer their childhood fears in an emotional and narrative-driven experience to save the child within from nightmares come to life. Rather than focusing on jump scares and other traditional horror-genre gimmicks, The InnerFriend relies on atmosphere to create tension and tells a unique story about seeing the world through the eyes of an innocent child.
“The idea for The InnerFriend has been in my head for decades now so I’m thrilled to see it finally coming to life,” said Emmanuel Sévigny, founder of Playmind. “Although we’ve all had very different pasts and childhoods, our experiences — particularly our fears and nightmares — are actually quite similar in a way. I’m eager to see how The InnerFriend will resonate with people from different backgrounds once they finally get a chance to check out the game for themselves.”
The InnerFriend features a rich and abstract visual environment supported by an immersive ambient soundscape and a cinematic soundtrack that enhances immersion and storytelling. Movement, imagery and music are the main ways for the player to interact with the Shadow, their guide throughout the descent into the uncharted parts of the subconscious mind. There are many obstacles and puzzles to solve, themed after childhood games but made far more sinister.
The ESRB has yet to give The InnerFiend a rating.