Gilles Ketting has been an artist and illustrator for video games since 2005 and has done work for titles such as Assassin's Creed: Revelations, and Gears of War. He has recently announced a concept of his, and I can't tell you how badly I want this to take off. The concept? A psychological survival horror game that borrows inspiration from several beloved horror games, such as Silent Hill, Alan Wake, and Alone in the Dark.
Ashen Falls is a dark psychological survival horror game set in the old industrial town of Ashen Falls. A group of “urban explorers” that have met on the internet descent upon the abandoned town for a weekend of exploring and photographing. When they arrive the town is not as abandoned as they had thought. There’s a dark force at work that is about to consume the whole town and everyone in it.
Upon further inspection, Gilles stated on Facebook that he once asked himself "What if I could design my own Silent Hill game, what would I do?" He said that that idea still hasn't left him, and that although he intends for Ashen Falls to be its own game, he'll be paying tribute to those awesome Japanese horror classics, and it definitely shows!
The final teaser that Gilles left us with is the introduction of the main protagonist, Lucy "Haze" Williams. Gilles went on to say...
It's been more than a year after she lost her girlfriend in a fire and is taking the first steps to continue life without her. She feels that a part of herself died in that fire, she struggles with her own identity and place in the world. In an attempt to leave her comfort zone and follow her passion for photography she embarks on a trip with a group of urban explorers to Ashen Falls.
He went on to say that he feels lucky to have so many amazing people in his life whose stories inspire him to create a character that has a story such as Haze's, and that if anything, he wants Ashen Falls to tell a story that he feels has been missing from games for too long.
Everything about this concept is getting me absolutely psyched! I can't wait to hear the future updates on the Facebook page! This looks like the psychological survival horror game that I've been waiting to see for years, and I really want to see it come to life!
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