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The Light Keeps Us Safe shows off its magical torch

Big Robot’s upcoming procedurally-generated survival romp, The Light Keeps Us Safe, looks like quite the blood-curdling misadventure for anyone who is rightly suspicious of robots and things that lurk in the dark. The Sir, You Are Being Hunted and The Signal From Tölva lot announced the game back in July, along with a teaser, following it up this week with the first gameplay trailer. 

It’s all lidless neon eyes peering through windows and floating metal monsters—I’m already sweaty. The Light Keeps Us Safe is set after the sky has gone dark and machines have taken over. They’re not fans of the light it turns out, so it’s the one thing that can save you. It’s a bit Alan Wake, but instead of having a shitty torch that you have to constantly fill with AA batteries, you’ll have a considerably handier tool with a range of effects, from revealing hidden things to distracting the machines. 

Running, hiding and solving light-based puzzles will be how you survive, rather than traipsing all over the post-apocalyptic world with a shotgun and a thirst for oil. Ultimately, it’s a stealth game. And if you’ve crafted more than enough axes and bandages to last you a lifetime, good news: there’s no crafting. 

The Light Keeps Us Safe hits Steam early access on October 11. 

Disclosure: Big Robot's Jim Rossignol worked for PC Gamer until 2010. 

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Fraser Brown
Fraser is the sole inhabitant of PC Gamer's mythical Scottish office, conveniently located in his flat. He spends most of his time wrangling the news, but sometimes he sneaks off to write lots of words about strategy games.