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Slender dev announces Valley: a super-powered first-person adventure

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Valley

Valley (opens in new tab) looks a wee bit different from Blue Isle Studios' previous game, the influential Slender: The Arrival (opens in new tab). For one thing, it doesn't seem to feature any slendermen—in fact, shock-based horror seems to be off the table entirely. Instead, it's first person action-adventure-type-thing about a guy in a supersuit that lets him run, jump and grapple his way around a mysterious valley. You can see all of those things in the reveal trailer, below.

Here's a bit more, from the Steam page (opens in new tab):

"Valley is a First-Person adventure unlike any other. Hidden deep within a remote region of the Rocky Mountains, you find yourself bewildered within a secluded valley. With the power of a recently discovered L.E.A.F. suit (Leap Effortlessly though Air Functionality), run and jump your way through beautiful forests, dangerous ruins and vast environments; all the while utilizing the power to control life and death to uncover the startling secrets of the mysterious valley."

Surprisingly, the power to control life and death comes with a downside. If you die in the game, you die for real the valley will die around you. It's unclear what that means, exactly—whether it will be a temporary effect, or whether the world will permanently lose lustre if you're rubbish at the game—but I suppose we'll find out closer to this Summer, which is when Valley is scheduled to come out.

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.