After various reports of its cancellation, Allison Road, the spiritual successor to Hideo Kojima’s P.T., has been dramatically brought back from the dead by its creator.
Originally working under the studio name Lilith Ltd., the game’s creator Christian Kesler has told IGN in a statement that he will continue development under his own new label Far From Home — co-founded with his wife, who also happens to be his business partner.
Allison Road, a photorealistic title that is strongly influenced by the Silent Hills demo P.T., began as a Kickstarter campaign last July before publishing rights were picked up by Worms publisher Team17. The Kickstarter was promptly canned, before talks with the publisher fell through in June which led to reports of the game’s cancellation.
While he could not go into specific details, Kesler described to IGN the effects of losing the deal: “It did take a bit of soul searching to find the drive again to work on Allison Road and to simply make a call on what to do next. After the set back, I took a bit of a break from working on it and re-evaluated all the work that had been done so far — the whole journey, so to speak. I started making a few (in my opinion) necessary changes to the story and the flow, little bits and pieces here and there, and before I knew it, it sort of naturally came back to life.”
As for the future of Allison Road, Kesler appears positive, saying: “For our gameplay trailer, I did all the modelling, texturing, shaders, lighting, etc., and thankfully a lot of the mechanics are already implemented from the previous development phase, so I can comfortably take the game forward by myself. If and when it comes to a point where new features and mechanics are required, or old ones need changing, I’ll go look for support.”
There’s no release window for Allison Road, but you can take a look at some spooky gameplay below.