Watch a spoooky live-action trailer for The Medium

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Live-action trailers are apparently still a thing, and The Medium (opens in new tab)—a forthcoming horror game from Bloober Team, the developers of Layers of Fear and Blair Witch—now has one. It showcases the "two worlds" setup of the game, with its protagonist able to move between the real world and a spirit world where everything's brown and decaying and she has white hair.

The trailer's moody and has a lot of screaming, but isn't going to tell you a whole lot about the actual game. We see flashbacks with a young girl, the protagonist uses some kind of power to burn up bugs with a psychic shield, and we are reminded that grandfather clocks and children in masks are creepy. One gangly monster runs down a hall and one with about ten arms and poor appetite control strikes a boss monster pose. I'm sure it'll all make sense in time.

The way buildings turn to ash in the spirit world has a very Silent Hill: The Movie look, and Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka contributed to The Medium's score. It'll be out on January 28 via Steam (opens in new tab), the Epic Games Store (opens in new tab), and the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab).

If you want to see what the actual game looks like, here's 14 minutes of in-game footage (opens in new tab).

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.