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New Screenshots, Updates for Sci-Fi Horror Game, Syndrome



Syndrome developers Camel 101 announced today that they will start closed testing for their game soon, along with a fresh round of screenshots. They are currently focusing on polishing the game experience and adding new content, like sounds. With help from Bigmoon Entertainment, Camel 101 is using small, discreet sounds to create the overall soundscapes, purposefully avoiding “regular music,” as they feel it would not work well with their game.

At the moment we have 3 sound layers: one with ambient sound, which is basically the sound of void in a ship, another with ambient stingers that play at random timed intervals, and layer 3, well…this one we can’t specify. Besides these layers we also have triggers connected to the environment or to the player’s actions. These triggers can blend a specific tune with layer 2, so that it all feels very smooth.

Timing is everything, as it will focus players on a particular element–lights blinking in the distance, the developers give as an example–and clue them into familiar feelings of anticipation and dread.

As previously covered, Syndrome is a first-person survival horror game that takes place inside a spaceship, the Valkenburg. You awake from cryosleep and discover that the rest of the crew are either dead or…changed. Players will rely more on their stealth skills than combat to defend themselves; a few weapons will be scattered around the ship, but ammunition will not be plentiful.

Syndrome will be released in Q2 2016 for PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, and PS4.

Joanna is drawn to sci-fi and post-apocalyptic worlds, and games with a generous amount of gore. When she's not gaming, she's convincing her friends it's a good idea to go into abandoned buildings.


Stalker 2 is Not A Revived Version of the Cancelled 2012 Project



Stalker 2

Stalker 2 has been confirmed as an entirely new project that has no basis on the cancelled 2012 sequel.

Roughly a decade ago, fans were excited when Stalker 2 was announced. Unfortunately, in 2012, Ukrainian developers GSC Games World was shut down and all progress on the sequel was put on hold.

All went quiet until 2014 where the company resurfaced and announced that development on a version of Stalker 2 was underway. Despite a developer build for the original Stalker 2 making its way onto the web, GSC Games World chose to start from scratch and create an entirely new AAA experience for the series.

GSC Games World has so far not stated why the decision was made to start from the beginning, aside from the assurance that the new game is currently in development and will hopefully hit stores in 2021.

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