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Nine Inch Nails guitarist and Spec Ops: The Line director team up to make a 'cosmic horror game'

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"Auuhghheeahhhaeahhhaeahh," is the only audible speech in the video above, but what I think artist Morgan Sorne is trying to say with that impression of an approaching TIE fighter is that Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck has opened a new game studio with Spec Ops: The Line creative director Cory Davis, and together they're working on a singleplayer "cosmic horror game." The game hasn't been titled, but the studio is called Eyes Out.

Aside from directing Spec Ops: The Line, Davis created PlayStation VR horror game Here They Lie, and has credits in FEAR and Condemned 2: Bloodshot. 

Finck has toured with Nine Inch Nails since the mid '90s, and was a member of Guns N' Roses for a time, replacing Slash in 1997. He's worked on game music, too—helping score sci-fi thriller Observation (opens in new tab), for instance—and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year along with the other Nine Inch Nails regulars.

A word that caught my eye in the duo's description of their studio is "synesthesia," which they say emerges from the combination of "music, narrative, and interactive experiences." I wondered if the neurological phenomenon was truly a guiding concept for the studio, or if it was just flavorful word choice. They didn't elaborate too much, but Davis and Finck confirmed that the word was chosen purposefully. 

"We're referring to the crossing of the senses, where the perception of one leads to the experience of another, both in the development of the game and in the player experience as these elements are intertwined," they told PC Gamer.

The mood of the studio's project isn't too hard to pick up from the teaser video, but no specifics about the horror game in development have been revealed, except that it'll be a singleplayer game "with strong environmental storytelling elements." If we can glean anything else from the video, it may be in the text that appears:

  • One week in the creation and destruction of…
  • Psyche
  • Soul
  • Sound
  • They buried bones.
  • They buried the bones.
  • And walked
  • With the bloom
  • Of a burgeoning Universe.

Not sure what to make of that except to say that it sure sounds like a cosmic horror game.

We'll hear more in "the months to come," say Davis and Finck, and there's more info about the development team on the official Eyes Out website (opens in new tab).

(Image credit: Rainer Hosch)
Tyler Wilde
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Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.