Bridgend-based developer Wales Interactive has announced a new and distinctly British first-person horror game.
Titled the Maid of Sker, Wales Interactive explains (opens in new tab) it is a “first-person stealth survival horror”, based on a slice of Welsh folklore surrounding the real-life Sker House, which is situated a few miles from the developer’s home-town. Originally built by Cistercian monks over 900 years ago, Sker House has long been associated with the paranormal, made famous by R.D. Blackmore’s novel, also titled The Maid of Sker.
Wales Interactive’s own exploration of the house’s history is based upon the “true story” of a woman named Elizabeth Williams. Set in 1898, players will assume the role of Thomas Evans, a musician who, according to Wales Interactive is “thrust into a terrifying battle to save the woman he loves.”
As for how The Maid of Sker will play, the emphasis will be on exploration and stealth. The developers are implementing a “3D sound-based AI system” that will be crucial to your survival. As is the case with most modern horror games, you won’t be wielding any weapons, but the developers state that you will be able to “trap” and “distract” whatever spooky apparitions are hunting you, so hopefully the game will be more involved than constantly looking for the nearest cupboard to hide in. Enemies will evolve as you progress, however, to the point where you’ll eventually have to hold your breath to avoid being noticed by them.
There’s a trailer below, which mostly shows off the game’s snazzy environment design. The Maid of Sker is currently aiming for launch in the latter half of 2019.