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The Shattering

May 4, 2020

By: Kenny Himpe

 
 
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Game Info
Publisher
Deck13
Platforms
PC
Release Date
April 21, 2020 (Calendar)
Genre
Adventure, Indie
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How do you describe a psychological thriller that takes place in the mind of someone else? Come up with some jokes? No, that's not very appropriate for this one, as it tackles topics like depression. The Shattering places you in the mind of John, a constantly evolving world where there are no limits or rules. The beautiful and rich environments painted with a strong white aesthetic makes up for the scenery, and a 4 act intriguing story provides the context. A work of passion from a small group of 5 close friends, The Shattering's themes draw on the premise that horrors and fear can be achieved through the usage of white and absence of information, rather than darkness and an unseen enemy.

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You can’t remember anything. All you see is white around you. You hear a voice. You see a watch, swinging slowly in front of your eyes:

“I know you think everything is alright, but tell me, how come you can’t even remember her name?”

The Shattering places you in the mind of John Evans, where you struggle to piece together the fragments of your past and present. Not remembering is one thing, but what will happen when your mind leads you down the twisted path of fake memories in order to shelter you from the truth?

Follow the voice of the Doctor as it guides you deeper into your mind, and experience the key moments of John’s life that had defined and shaped him. Discover the truth, shatter the lies, find out what happened to John… and remember her name.

The Shattering is a first-person, story-driven, psychological thriller. Its defining features are the dynamic environments, beautiful aesthetics and intriguing story. There are no failure conditions in The Shattering, nor complicated puzzles. The gameplay is meant to submerge you in the mind of John, as you take each step forward into the twisted mystery of what had happened. A serene and emotionally charged soundtrack gives life to every single moment, while the visuals delight at every corner.