The Chinese Room Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Insights
Developer The Chinese Room, recognized for crafting compelling narrative horror titles, grants gamers a sneak peek into their latest project, Still Wakes the Deep. In collaboration with publisher Secret Mode, the game is pegged for a 2024 release across multiple platforms including PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5.
An In-Depth Look at Worldbuilding
A worldbuilding documentary titled “An Introduction to Worldbuilding” serves as the launch pad for diving deeper into the game’s design and narrative elements. Key members of the development team, Lead Environment Artist Iain Gillespie, Associate Art Director Laura Dodds, and Lead Designer Rob McLachlan, share crucial insights into the game’s creation process.
Real-World Inspirations and Authenticity
Still Wakes the Deep promises an intricate narrative grounded in a meticulous representation of a 1970s Scottish oil rig. To achieve this level of authenticity, the developers scoured British Petroleum’s documentary archives and focused heavily on specific machinery like cranes. Real-world elements like the rig’s geographical location and the time period influence the horror elements, adding layers to the storytelling.
Gameplay Elements and Horror Mechanics
The game is set to offer a unique blend of ‘70s mundanity and unimaginable horror, evolving the environment as the story unfolds. As an off-shore oil rig worker, players will find themselves trapped amid a violent storm, hazardous surroundings, and dark, icy waters of the North Sea. With all communication cut and exits sealed, the stage is set for confronting the horrifying unknown.
Availability and Platforms
Still Wakes the Deep is slated to be accessible through Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, alongside its general release on PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5.
Legacy of Narrative-Driven Horror
The upcoming title adds to The Chinese Room’s portfolio of narrative-driven horror games, standing alongside esteemed predecessors like Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, and Dear Esther.
Platforms: PlayStation 5, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X|S