Gamers who love to chuck their controller into the ceiling after a good jumpscare will be thrilled to learn about Luto, a new horror that seems to be a spiritual successor to P.T., one of the most infamous games out there.
Did you ever hear the tragedy of P.T.? I thought not. Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima directed and designed a demo of the next entry into the Silent Hill series, with his team within Kojima Productions. This was available for free for the PlayStation 4 and the impact of its compelling structure and chokingly tense atmosphere has rippled forwards into countless horror games since its release. The protagonist (who happened to be Norman Reedus after all) wakes up in a dilapidated house and each time he walks through the door at the end of the hallway, he finds himself at the start again. In order to progress, the player must solve puzzles and every time a piece of the mystery is uncovered, the loop changes. Eventually, a spooky ghost called Lisa emerges from the darkness to hunt the protagonist. If you complete a certain number of loops and aren't caught by Lisa, it is possible to escape the house and find what lies beyond. However, owing to a disagreement between Kojima and Konami, P.T. remains exactly that - a playable teaser.
Perhaps, from the bones of that game, Luto could resurrect that je ne sais quoi that P.T. possessed for horror fans around the world. Check out the trailer below.
From developer Broken Bird Games and publisher Lanzadera, Luto is an unsettling foray into the long shadows left by P.T. Not a huge amount is known about the game at the moment, but there is a short description supplied by the developer. "Your mind can be a prison. Filled with your worst memories, this prison looks like a maze whose escape looks like an impossible task. Luto is a narrative adventure that tries to reflect on themes such as depression and anxiety in the darkest of settings," it reads, and it's worth noting that luto means mourning or sorrow in Portugese. Also, watching the trailer, there are definite clues that the team were inspired by P.T.
At the start, there's a voice that sounds like it's coming from a radio, talking about how Hell is not only somewhere on the other side but that its elements of powerlessness and hopelessness may bleed into a traumatised psyche. This is very like the news bulletins that are heard in P.T. that offer the player insight into what might have occurred in these four walls. And, the location itself is very P.T. with beige paint on the walls, dim light from a few lamps and pictures and photos on the walls for the protagonist to peer at for clues.
Luto is confirmed for PlayStation and PC and it's not known when it is planned for release, but we'll keep you in the loop when we know more.
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