Excited to announce that I am making a HOROR real-time video game with real-life creature design @slimyswampghost & made by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop!
– Jed (@Jedshepherd) April 7, 2021
In terms of gameplay, players are taking on the role of TV producer for the failed cable channel, FrighTV. Ghosts is the channel’s leading show, a rebranded version of a popular show in which viewers once watched ghost hunters explore haunted places. You seem to be watching (and inviting people) this new version of the show and following the cast as they are haunted by an antagonistic force called the Long Lady.
Designed to be playable at just 10pm in your local time zone each night, the game will feature members playing the role of pandemic horror hosts, including Haley Bishop, Radina Drandova, Jemma Moore, Caroline Ward and Emma Louise Webb. They are investigating a street allegedly chased by the Long Lady.
Although the details are sparse, you seem to be making decisions for them as they search the area. There will be no “floating words or glowing door” to guide you, which means you seemingly play the game only through the eyes of the camera. “Yet there are consequences for all your choices,” the press release said. “Playing it safe isn’t always the best option!”As mentioned in the video above, if players turn off the game at any point, they lose and the cast will die in “really horrible ways”. If players complete the game before 10 pm, they will be greeted with a classic test card. “If you manage to complete the‘ test ’, you will have access to an unlockable and unlockable version, where you can breathe and save your progress, but when you press 22:00, all bets are off,” the press release said.
Design creatures for Ghosts leads Trevor Henderson, creator of Siren Head. The frightening (and as yet unseen) “Long Lady” will also be created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
FMV games have returned in recent years, like The Complex and Eric, which have taken on sci-fi and mystery stories. Horror is where the genre previously saw the most significant games in the heyday of the 90s, and Ghosts obviously wants to bring back the classic fears live.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.