TinyBuild, the indie publisher behind Punch Club, Mr Shifty, and Hello Neighbor had their own presence at E3 this year.
In one of the most irreverent conference streams ever, the developer crafted a lovely little video lampooning E3 press conferences, Battle Royale formats, loot boxes, 8-bit graphics, and corporate jargon, all in the form of a miniature musical, starring the song “The Greatest Game in the World.”
To say the least, it was glorious.
The game they actually showed at the end of that lovely musical interlude was Secret Neighbor, the first major expansion to developer Dynamic Pixels survival horror game Hello Neighbor.
Secret Neighbor follows a group of kids breaking into the titular neighbor’s house, who are attempting to rescue a friend of theirs from the neighbors basement. The game, which takes place between Act 1 and 2 of Hello Neighbor, is a co-op game where the kids must find hidden keys around the neighbors house but one (or maybe two, as Dynamic Pixels has not decided yet) of the kids are actually the neighbors in disguise.
Dynamic Pixels describes the game as a “social horror” experience, meaning the game has proximity voice chat that must be used to gain the trust of other players. It is one of the few ways to try to verify if a neighbor is in disguise. Any object in the game can be picked up and used to defend yourself, but once a neighbor has a hold of a player, they are effectively incapacitated.
Secret Neighbor builds upon the 1 vs all approach of Friday the 13th: The Game, as both the kids and the neighbor have abilities they can use to defend or surprise each other in-game. Dynamic Pixels doesn’t go into details on this just yet, but instead showcases some alpha gameplay that shows the neighbor and the kids in action.
Players can also join the Secret Neighbor alpha by signing up for it today. The alpha version of the game will be available soon.
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