I have a crippling fear of water. I don’t mean rain showers or even swimming pools, I’m talking about large, deep bodies of water, water as far as the eye can see. The ocean absolutely terrifies me.
It’s partially a fear of drowning, but also a fear of the unknown. We know more about outer space than we do our own ocean. Who knows what’s down there, lurking.
Our next game will be set deep below the water’s surface—at the bottom of the sea.
Up until now, it was almost assumed (based on previous trailers) that the sci-fi/survival horror game would be set in space. But in the latest trailer, ‘Lambda,’ which you can view above, SOMA’s setting, in what appears to be an underwater research base, is confirmed.
I for one think its a brilliant move on the part of Frictional Games, the minds behind Amnesia. There are plenty of “scary space games,” most of which aren’t actually that scary (I’m holding out hope for Alien: Isolation).
But the ocean—the unfathomably deep, dark ocean—now that’s the stuff of nightmares. As Thomas Grip puts it:
If you dive down any distance you enter into a realm of monsters. The ocean is an alien world, and we’ve only scratched the surface. We feel it’s the perfect place to explore in a horror game.
I couldn’t agree more. SOMA is set to release on PC and PS4 in 2015. Until then I’ll play BioShock for the billionth time in an attempt at exposure therapy.