‘Routine’ announced; first-person perma-death exploration-based space horror
There’s really been a rising number of permanent-death horror games recently, hasn’t there? Routine is a newly announced survival-horror game that takes place in an open-world abandoned Moon base. Controlled from a first person perspective, the player must investigate the strange disappearance of everyone stationed on the Lunar Research Station. Besides being able to fully explore the whole base at your own pacing, the game features no sort of physical HUD as you must run and hide from whatever lurks in the base. There is no healing, no lives, and death is permanent, making every action count. You can read up more about the game and its features at its official website.
It all sounds very interesting, holding a lot of potential to be something special if executed right. There’s still a lot we don’t know about the game; what types of enemies are we facing, what are we looking for, how long should a play session last, or heck, what platform this game will even appear on, but its got a sort of conceptual draw that a horror fan like myself can’t help but get pumped a little over. Despite possibly being inspired by many recent popular horror games (Amnesia, DayZ, Dead Space, Slender, etc), if the concept can be pulled off correctly there should be nothing else quite like it out today.
You can check out the game’s teaser trailer below.