SOMA is a science fiction horror game expected to arrive in early 2015. Here's what we know so far about this interesting game.
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.” - Philip K. Dick
It seems to be the central quote in which this game has been built from, so it could be safe to speculate that this game will fall under the psychological horror genre, however, the information revealed in the trailer suggests something equally physical and science-fiction...
Its fair to mention that we have seen a lot of horror games taking the scenes of abandoned psychiatric hospitals, sometimes to the extent which will put us off visiting one of them. Fortunately though, this is not the case for this unique addition to the horror genre. PATHOS-2 is an underwater research facility, but something isn't quite right, the machinery has developed human characteristics.
Brought to you by the creators of the incredible horror series Amnesia, Frictional Games introduces S.O.M.A,... We aren't quite sure what that abbreviates to but we will let you know as soon as we find out.
In a reveal trailer from the game, after waking from being subject to some sort of experiment, a character witnesses several machines operating from what appears to a familiar central processor, the human brain. We have also seen rather gruesome extraction devices and body which appeared to be still functional without the brain in its socket. Yes that's right, machines extracting human brains! Upon leaving the experiment room and breaking a crumbling wall, the character finds himself in an environment which seems alien. Similar to a tunnel, the character proceeds until a strange alien-like machine appears out from a vent, the character hides before walking into a room with a strange machine.
This is where things start to get a little extraordinary, the character's brain is not in his head. How does that work? We have absolutely no idea; a Cyborg? perhaps the machines have an explanation... Because instead of inside the character's head, it is attached to a machine right in front of him. Four tentacle-like robotic arms rise from the ground and start to violently attack his brain. The trailer ends with the character asking "Are you still in there?", moments later we then hear "Am i still here?" in a robotic voice, is this the brain replying? is this the character re-evaluating what has just happened? Its a complete mystery.
Now one thing that strikes my interest is the fact that the trailer does not feature the protagonist and instead has a side-character. The developers have stated that even though the events which take place in the trailer hint at what is to be expected in the final game, no spoilers have been released. The game also retains the first person perspective from Amnesia.
The Eurogamer: Debut Gameplay Trailer for SOMA is displayed below, a visual showcase will help familiarize you with the concept of the game.
Our first look at some of the gameplay!
Not much else is known about the game other than a brief introduction to the plot which reads:
"The radio has gone silent on PATHOS-2. As isolation bears down on the staff of the remote research facility, strange things are happening.
Machines are taking on human traits and alien constructions have started to interfere with routine. The world around them is turning into a nightmare.
The only way out is to do something unimaginable."
Unimaginable must quite out of proportion in terms of ordinary after what we have just seen in the trailer, but 2015 is far from now and only time is going to give us more answers...
Of course, HITC will keep you updated, if you would like to express any interests or criticisms of this game, the comments section is always open. Let us know what you think.