The world of Survival Horror is a scary one. Not only because of the thrills, but because it’s a somewhat hard genre to love. Back in the day it was all the rage, but it’s been years since we’ve seen a steady stream of horror games. Invader Studios hopes to scratch that itch with Daymare: 1998, now live on Kickstarter.
Daymare: 1998 is a modernized Survival Horror game with all the classic mechanics. Players will have limited resources in a world that would love to see them dead. They’ll have to work with a third-person, over the shoulder camera that forces them to face forward at all times. They’ll also need to explore the environment to find clues, solve puzzles and collect valuable resources. The horror itself is the result of an infection created by a shape-based biogenetics organization that is (probably) run by some incompetent people.
So… yeah. It’s Resident Evil, basically.
This connection makes sense. Invader Studios only recently formed, but the team has been working for years. Just a few years back they made the gaming media rounds with their unofficial Resident Evil 2 remake rendered in Unreal Engine.
Support from the Big Guys
This effort caught the attention of Capcom who, surprisingly, reached out the devs and invited them to their headquarters in Japan. While there, they spoke with many higher-ups who worked on Resident Evil, including the director for Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. All of these folks took a look at Daymare: 1998 and came out impressed, urging fans to support the developers and their passion project. One of them—Satoshi Nakai, who worked as an enemy designer for several Resident Evil games—even joined the team, designing terrifying monsters for the game.
A lot of their quotes are a bit cheesy, but it’s cool to see Capcom supporting a new team of developers that took a ton of inspiration from their work.
The gameplay preview looks a bit rough, but shows promise. As a big fan of horror games, I can’t wait to see what Invader Studios has in store for us.
If, like me, you’re ready to step back into the world of Survival Horror, take a look at the Kickstarter page for more info. Good luck…