New Soma Trailer Preps Gamers For Underwater Scares

By Ryan Winslett 9 months ago discussion comments
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Everything we thought we knew about Soma is wrong! Okay, well, maybe not everything. It’s still a horror game launching next year on PC and the PlayStation 4. It’s also still being made by Frictional Games, the folks behind Amnesia. But rather than being set in the farthest reaches of space, the latest “High Pressure” trailer shows that the game will actually be set at the bottom of the ocean. So I suppose it would be more accurate to say, “One thing we thought we knew about Soma is wrong!”

“That’s right, our next game will be set deep below the water’s surface, at the bottom of the sea,” said Frictional Creative Director Thomas Grip in the official trailer post. “[Co-founder of Frictional Games) Jens and I sort of decided it on a whim during a met-up. But it’s something that had been brewing inside us for a long time.”

Grip goes on to state that, even though the planet is primarily covered in water, we know so very little about what’s actually going on under the surface. In other words, would it be more scary to set a game in a research facility millions of miles away from Earth, or to set it in an equally alien, hostile, dark and deadly place that is, quite literally, all around us?

“Most of the ocean is devoid of sunlight and inhospitable to us,” said Grip. “The differences in pressure between the surface and even a modest depth of 100 meters is enough to turn a human into mush.”

Thanks for the lovely picture, kind sir! But he’s spot on there. As the crumbling, doomed city of Rapture proved in the original BioShock, the ocean floor is a perfect place to set a game with roots in horror. Seeing as how Soma is planned to be a straight horror game, too, there’s no telling what devious and frightening ideas the team may have cooked up for their own journey into the unknown.

Based on the new trailer and the few screenshots shared in the original post, it looks like the player will be adventuring, at least in part, in environments completely submerged in water. Rather than stare at the murky darkness of the ocean through windows, you’ll be exploring it for yourself.

It’s a bummer that Soma isn’t slated to release until next year, but it’s not like we’re exactly starving for horror games in this new generation of consoles. It’s kind of funny that the previous generation was mostly lacking in the genre and, just a few months following the launch of the PS4, we’ve already played Outlast and have Daylight set to arrive in just a matter of weeks. Assuming our nerves have settled by then from all of these things that go bump in the night, Soma should receive a warm welcome when it launches on PC and the PS4 in 2014.
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