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New Psychological Horror ‘Through The Woods’ Coming Q1 2016

by on May 11, 2015

A new psychological horror game from Norwegian developers Antagonist is expected to land in the first quarter of next year.

Through The Woods will be a third-person horror experience set on the coast of Norway, which follows a mother desperately searching for her son after he goes missing. Players must guide Karen through immersive and disturbing environments as she tries to recount the events of her son’s disappearance, all whilst avoiding the nightmarish mythological monsters which roam the forest.

“Growing up in Norway, our parents frequently told us fables about horrifying atrocities that lived in the woods and preyed on children; not the watered down fairytales Hollywood provides kids today,” Anders Hillestad, producer, Antagonist, explains. “Through the Woods will deliver a terrifying experience, making players fear for Karen and all that she holds dear.”

The title is inspired by Norwegian mythology blended together with the darker elements of Japanese folklore and horror. In a statement, Antagonist described the key mechanics of the game:

Equipped with only a flashlight, players must help Karen navigate immersive and foreboding woods, decrepit cabins and pitch-black caverns while simultaneously avoiding grotesque mythological abominations as they lead her through the awful recounting of events.

Listening is key to surviving this perilous journey, as often times what dangers lurk in the shadows are attracted to the protagonist’s flashlight. When the flashlight is off, the volume in the game increases and the direction from which the sound originates becomes more readily apparent. Through the Woods also employs dynamic narration, so the conversation between the detective and mother will change based upon the player’s actions.

Through The Woods is expected to be released in Q1 of 2016 and will be available on PC, Mac and Linux. Take a look at some of the screenshots below as well as the trailer which will be featured above.