When Konami killed P.T. alongside Hideo Kojima's upcoming Silent Hills, it felt like a darkness had faded into the void. Despite the fact that keeping P.T. up would've been the kind thing to do, Konami instead decided to remove the game from the PlayStation Store completely. One of the best horror experiences was just gone.
In the place of P.T., an enterprising fan of the game decided to make another title to keep the horror alive. That game eventually became known as Allison Road, featuring an unnamed amnesiac protagonist who wakes up in his townhome and has to puzzle out what happened to his family. What started with the work of one man, project lead Chris Kesler, has now blown up into a full indie house, Lilith Studios.
Allison Road launched on Kickstarter for an expanded version of the prototype game. With six days left to go in the funding drive, Lilith Studios has decided to close the Kickstarter, but there's some good news too.
"We are delighted to announce that we will be joining Team17's highly successful games label," wrote the Lilith Studios team in a Kickstarter update. "If you don't know who Team17 are, they are most known for their Worms franchise, however, they run a fully independent games label. For us it's an incredible opportunity to be part of a label that looks after not only such a massive gaming franchise, but also supports developers like Playtonic, Mouldy Toof and many others. Working with Team17 will give us the chance to make our game unhindered creatively, but at the same time will give us the resources, support and experience that only a 25 year old studio can give."
Hopefully, the Team17-backed version of Allison Road keeps the expanded narrative that Lilith promised in the Kickstarter drive. Lilith hinted at other environments outside of the townhome, continuing the story of our player character, with one IGN interview outlining a forest environment.
In the meantime, there's still a number of solid horror titles available and heading our way. In our immediate future, there's Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water coming for the Wii U coming on October 22, 2015. Soma, from the developer that brought you Amnesia, released on Steam last month and Until Dawn is probably down to a solid $40 at some retail outlets.
2016 is looking pretty bright as well. Sony's Bend studio has an open-world horror game planned, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories developer Climax Studios has an unannounced horror game, Gun Media is working with Friday the 13th alumni for Summer Camp, Red Thread Games has Draugen, Red Barrels already announced Outlast 2, and I've played upcoming indie Through the Woods.
The future of horror gaming is looking pretty damn good.