The mind of a sadistic killer is undoubtedly a frightening, twisted place. Which is exactly what makes it perfect as the setting for a horror game, as it will in the upcoming The Corridor: On Behalf Of The Dead, currently raising funds through Kickstarter.
The Corridor's world itself is pretty terrifying. Following a "cataclysic event", violence and murder have become so commonplace that the survivors have turned to an "experimental form of justice" called "The Corridor". This program allows particular individuals to become "Custodians" trained to enter the minds of "suspected murders in an attempt to solve the most twisted and horrific murders."
Inside the killers' psyches, players must collect "memory evidence" of the crimes, but this task will be far from easy. Along with solving puzzles ranging from riddles to phsyics-based obstacles, you must also contend with "unnerving encounters and creatures that will protect key memories from you." Rather than devolving into combat, however, the goal will be to acquire the memories without direct confrontation. Not only can you suffer physical pain, but your psychological state is also at risk, which can "manifest itself as various phenomena such as corridor connection collapse, abnormal control behavior and visual and auditory deliriums." As a Custodian, you'll also need to keep yourself medicated with a drug called Cohesion, but beware the side effects of expiring doses.
The free-roaming, first-person perspective is aimed to emphasize The Corridor's focus on story-driven atmosphere and exploration, and the developers claim that the game also deals with "emotional themes such as love, death, revenge and loss." The gameplay promises to be non-linear, to the point where the ending itself will be dependent on how players approach the experience.
In order to complete the game for PC, Mac, and Linux by January 2016, indie developers Desktop Daydreams Studios have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise £37,500 goal by September 1st. Early backers can secure a DRM-free download of the game for a pledge of just £10. For full details, visit the Kickstarter page. You can also vote for the game on Steam Greenlight.