Not to be confused with The Beast Within (the subtitle of Gabriel Knight 2), Illusion Ray Studio's newly-released The Beast Inside is hoping to carve out a name all for itself in the psychological thriller genre.
The game stars Adam, a CIA cryptanalyst during the Cold War who "leaves Boston and moves to the country with his wife, Emma." There he hopes to find some peace and quiet to do his work, but "as it turns out, this area is quite the opposite of a peaceful place." After opening the hidden diary of a man named Nicolas he finds in the attic, Adam unwittingly summons the "nightmares of the past right into the present, putting the lives of both Adam and Emma in a great danger."
Events in The Beast Inside take place within two different timelines with two different protagonists. In a mystery that promises "long-buried secrets, personal tragedies and madness spanning more than a century," you will not only have to contend with the terrors confronting Adam in the present, you will also find yourself back in the Civil War days playing as Nicolas. Between the two, you must attempt to piece together the connection between the eras and discover just who is (or was) the man who "lived in that house more than a hundred years ago."
Players are free to explore a "semi-open world" created using photogrammetry and rendered in crisp first-person 3D. Here "every item is fully interactive" and you'll be tasked with "solving physics-based puzzles, breaking and deciphering codes, [and] looking for clues in old texts" along the way. There is also a "wide range of entities" to evade, or possibly even fight on occasion using "a revolver and environmental advantages or your wits." If survival gameplay isn't to your taste, various difficulty levels allow you to cater the experience to your preferences, incuding a "Story Mode" that focuses primarily on the mystery.
Just in time for Halloween, you can start creeping yourself out right away as The Beast Inside is available now on Steam for Windows PC.