Halloween 2014 may have passed, but it’s never too early to start looking forward to next year’s spooks, such as those promised in a new psychological horror adventure called The Dark Inside Me, which is seeking funding on Indiegogo.
Currently in development at Turkey-based Blue Arc Studios, not much has been revealed about the game or its plot so far, but players will begin waking up handcuffed to a hospital bed unaware of who they are or what they have done to require such restraint. A conveniently overheard conversation indicates that you are responsible for something terrible, and that it probably would have been better for you to have died. Of course, the first order of business is to escape your ad hoc prison, but beyond this point, the mystery surrounding the story remains intact. Headlining the game's promotional material is the promise of extremely graphic content, including "disturbing gore, sex, and intense violence," and thus the game is being targeted for gamers eighteen-years-old and above.
The Dark Inside Me will be presented in 2.5D perspective with 3D characters, and controlled with a point-and-click interface. Various environments will be available for exploration, both indoor and outdoor, as well as sequences that take place in vehicles of different kinds. Gameplay will involve standard adventure game fare like inventory puzzles, though players can also expect to encounter some unusual scenarios, such as a puzzle whose solution involves performing as lead singer in a "rock bar" band. Choice is also being emphasized, with players able to decide whether to use objects to kill (or torture!) their enemies, or avoid such potential hazards and obstacles altogether. Depending on the choices made, future opportunities can change over the course of the game. For example, if you choose not to kill a character, they could show up later on to assist or hinder you in your quest.
In order to bring this bloody vision of fun to life, Blue Arc Studios has taken to Indiegogo, hoping to raise a minimum of $100,000 by February 10th. Stretch goals would see more chapters added to the initial three, up to a total of six. A $15 pledge will secure gamers a digital copy of the game. Note that, as a flex-funding campaign, whatever money Blue Arc raises during the campaign period is theirs to keep, whether or not the target funding amount is reached.
Assuming a successful fundraiser, The Dark Inside Me is scheduled to release late in 2015, on PC, Mac, and Linux platforms. For more information, check out the game's Indiegogo page and official website (both sites are NSFW).