Publisher Wired Productions and Storm in a Teacup studio have confirmed the launch date of their delicious first-person horror game Close to the Sun, and we're looking at a timed Epic Games Store exclusive that launches on 02 May 2019.
Close to the Sun has been compared to BioShock, mostly owing to the art nouveau style they both rely on, but the two are very different beasts in just about every other respect.
As the story goes, Close to the Sun is set in an alternative version of the 19th century, where scientist Nikola Tesla is alive and well, and whose grandiose visions have become a reality.
Tesla has created a huge vessel called Helios, whose sole purpose was to create advances in scientific fields, but something went horribly wrong.
Players take on the role of Rose, who is looking for her sister Ada across Tesla's ship, which packs many surprises. Scary ones, mostly.
With the vessel being called Helios and the grandiose visions going awry, the meaning of the title 'Close to the Sun' becomes evident, and leaves us asking was it a bit too close? But, that's probably best left for the gameplay part.
"Our partnership with the amazing team at Epic Games has not only accelerated the development process of Close to the Sun in terms of accessing the sheer pixel-pushing grunt of Unreal Engine 4, but allowed the incredibly talented Storm in a Teacup team to showcase their collective talents to deliver a truly memorable and breath-taking first-person horror adventure", Wired said.
In case you're wondering, Storm in a Teacup made sure that Close to the Sun has plenty of localisation options, and the game will feature French, Italian, German and Spanish versions upon launch.
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We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Close to the Sun's lead producer Joel Hakalax, who argued the finer points of jump scares, insisting that when done cleverly and not overdone, a jump scare can be as valuable a tool in a horror arsenal as any.
You can find the full interview here.