From a pure design perspective, what would you constitute as a horror game? Jumpscares? A constant and imminent danger by an unknown? The threat of your body being turned into something grotesque or even inhuman? Taxes? In life, we must all face our fears, but what if you not only had to face them but also give them form? 10 indie creators were each tasked with creating a horror project of their dreams. Or nightmares, more like. Given 7 days, they each had to make a horror game that was a reflection of their own fears. Against these odds, they all managed it. 10 games, each with their own style and design, with their own theme, their own setting. The cost of their sanity was theirs, now it's your turn to experience it.
P.T. perfectly illustrates this point. It takes place entirely in one hallway. It didn't have complicated AI. There weren't a dozen characters to design and model. Hell, there weren't even that many scares. And it was absolutely terrifying. It distilled the concepts of the ill-fated Silent Hills into a dense moment of terror. It was its own compact experience, and a glimpse into something much more.
Many games have tried to imitate P.T. in content. A million spooky hallways with a trillion collectible notes. Some of these are fantastic. But what about that concept? To distill your dream project into something condensed, raw, and real?
That was the question posed to 10 brilliant creators. Make a P.T. for the horror project of your dreams. Both a game on its own, and a window into a much larger world. Make it raw. Make it real. Make it a reflection of your own fears. Make it in just 7 days.