Allison Road has the potential to be something really special. Announced earlier this year, the six-man project is set to channel much of the same imagery and design as P.T., the playable teaser for the now-cancelled Silent Hill reboot. Having now made its arrival on Kickstarter, the horror title hopes to raise £250,000 by the 21st of October.
Why should you care? The key word is ‘intimacy’. Project lead Christian Kesler has opted to focus Allison Road‘s resources on developing a small, highly detailed domestic environment that could easily be, I don’t know, your home.
It’s stunningly rendered, too, as can be seen in the development video on the game’s Kickstarter page. The detail and placement of typical household objects adds an element of intense believability to the title’s dimly lit rooms. Who knew that the sight of an empty pizza box resting atop a bin could elicit such feelings of dread? The team behind Allison Road, that’s who.
Of course, none of this would be half as terrifying were it not for the presence of the blood-covered entity known as Lily, who is set to haunt the player throughout Allison Road‘s narrative-driven experience. Like Gone Home, Dear Esther, and more recently, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, the title aims to channel its story through its environment – and with an environment as fully-realised and believable as Allison Road‘s, it could very well live up to P.T.’s promise.
Crowdfunding can be a risky game, but the team has been notably open and communicative since the project began, discussing their progress directly with fans through the game’s official Facebook page, so budding backers need not worry. That is, unless Allison Road meets its £250,000 goal, in which case gamers should have plenty of cause for fear – for the best of reasons.
Track the progress of the Allison Road Kickstarter in our Campaign Calendar.