Observation, the upcoming space horror by Stories Untold developer No Code, has 45 minutes of new gameplay footage, courtesy of Game Informer.
Deeply indebted to Kubrick and late twentieth-century sci-fi such as Alien, Observation flips the regular space horror script and casts players as an artificial intelligence named S.A.M. aboard a marooned station.
According to the gameplay footage, Observation tasks players with controlling cameras on a space station to find clues, solve puzzles, converse with survivors, and help carve out an answer to the ship’s mysteries. While a lot of these details were already known, the newest trailer illustrates more about the variety of puzzles and gameplay options the title will have.
As the name of the project suggests, the game’s goal is to place players as disconnected observers while allowing them first-hand experience of an AI’s oft-presented omnipotence. Even in the gameplay snippet, the title shines the most when it is providing a unique twist or perspective on established AI horror tropes.
Game Informer, who was lucky enough to get to play this 45 minutes of gameplay, described Observation as “a pretty neat combination of Alien and 2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Observation is set to release on the Epic Games Store and PlayStation 4 later this month.
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