A spooky new game announcement and trailer were released yesterday on the official PlayStation YouTube channel for the horror-mystery, co-op game The Blackout Club. Created by the team at Question Studios, whose staff have worked on such games as BioShock, Prey, and Dishonored, The Blackout Club’s trailer looks rather intense, with the right kind of atmosphere and art style that lends itself brilliantly to the horror game genre.
Michael Kelly, the producer and designer at Question has helpfully described what The Blackout Club is and what kind of game we can expect.
“In The Blackout Club, up to four players become a team of teenage investigators uncovering a monstrous secret at the heart of their quiet community. Like many of our favorite horror movies and shows in the “teens vs. monsters” genre, we love vulnerable heroes working together to survive a harrowing journey into the unknown. Unlike those beloved movies, though, we put you directly in the protagonists’ sneakers to solve the mystery together with your friends.”
The story will follow a group of youths who bond over a shared secret. They’ve all recently been losing consciousness, sometimes for days on end, and mysteriously waking up in bizarre locations with no memory or explanation for how they ended up there. During one of these ‘blackouts’, a friend of theirs suddenly goes missing. They seek help with anyone who’ll listen, cops, teachers, even their parents, but no one believes their story. It’s here they realise their option is to solve the mystery themselves.
As a team, players will uncover the truth and reveal a grand conspiracy that may or may not possess supernatural origins. As the teens coordinate with each other to evade detection during their investigation, they will need to put themselves in harms way to capture video evidence of their tormentors sinister plans. The problem being, these teens will have no superpowers to speak of, and running into an adult who is physically superior to them is a sure fire way to lose. Fear not, however, as there is strength in numbers and the key to success lies in your ability to cooperate with your team mates.
Kelly goes on to explain that while The Blackout Club is predominantly a co-op game, there will be opportunities for players to play it solo. Completing missions will level up your character and unlock new abilities and customisations for you to utilise in your hunt for the truth. The game will also be constantly changing, according to Kelly who states that an “ever-changing variety of procedural elements populate the world, including enemy encounters, discoverable loot, and a range of objectives, making each night different than the last”; this will certainly keep the game fresh.
So far no official date has been announced for the release of The Blackout Club, with only an enigmatic 2019 release year for PS4, Xbox One and PC. This means we practically have to wait a whole year to get our hands on this game, a wait we here at the Checkpoint will eagerly await.