The trailer for Grave, an open-world first-person survival horror, debuted at Microsoft’s E3 press conference on Monday. Think The Forest, but set in a lonely and shifting procedurally-generated landscape: one moment a desert wasteland, the next a desolate farm.
“Listen to my voice,” says the soothing narrator as a monster lurches toward you. “Nothing can hurt you.” But I’m not so sure I believe her.
It almost sounds like she’s a therapist, leading the player through a guided imagery exercise. But the imagery is suitably surreal, and frightening. According to developer Broken Window Studios:
The team’s goal is to create the Destino or Eraserhead of games, by experimenting and redefining the player’s interaction with the game’s narrative.
If you’re not familiar with Eraserhead, it’s arguably one of David Lynch’s more surreal films (and that’s saying something). Predominantly body horror, it features a man caring for his grossly deformed child, and the bizarre hallucinations he experiences. While not scary in the “jumpscare” sense, it’s nevertheless deeply unsettling.
And if Grave lives up to the goal of being the Eraserhead of games, it’s going to be excellent. Grave is slated for release in early 2015 on Xbox One, PC, Mac, and in the future possibly PS4.