It's been two years since Quadrilateral Cowboy released, Brendon Chung's highly anticipated hacking-heist epic. Chung's built up quite an impressive library of influential games before then too, with Thirty Flights of Loving and Gravity Bone. With his new game though, announced today through Twitter, Chung is taking on a different aesthetic, and a different genre of game altogether.
Skin Deep, the name of the next Blendo Games project, is an "immersive first-person shooter" for PC. But unlike Half-Life 2 and whatever else that has pushed the genre forward, Skin Deep has a sneeze meter and glass-related injuries where you literally pull shards of glass out of your feet. The latter comes from its central conceit: you're barefoot, for some reason, and tasked with sneaking around and surviving with nothing else but your wits and a gun.
Given Chung's past fascination with the finer details of first-person shooters, including Homefront: The Revolution's drawers (calling them the "apex of interactivity"), an immersive sim isn't that much of a surprise from the developer. But considering the sillier moments in its debut trailer, it's sure to rightfully feel like another clever, impeccably designed Blendo Games joint.
There's no target release window as of now, but its Steam page lists it as "the future." On Skin Deep's FAQ, Chung expresses hope that it won't take four years to make as Quadrilateral Cowboy did, but given that development just started in July 2018, expect to wait a little while until Skin Deep's playable. In the meantime, you can tune into Chung's weekly streams on Tuesdays and Thursdays as he streams his development of Skin Deep on Twitch.