Close to the Sun is a haunting mixture of Bioshock and Silent Hill

Close to the Sun is an upcoming survival horror title from developers Storm in a Teacup set aboard a hauntingly desolate ship.

Taking place at the end of an alternate history 19th century, Close to the Sun thrusts you into a world where Nikola Tesla created a mysterious ship complex as a way of advancing technology beyond previously inconceivable means.

In this universe, his discoveries have already had a huge impact on the world, shaping how w perceives technology and its applications to our everyday lives. Unfortunately, it isn’t all for the best.

You play as Rose, a young journalist who steps aboard the brooding complex for the first time in search of her sister, a scientist involved directly with Nikola Tesla. Upon arriving, it’s immediately obvious something has gone terribly wrong.

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Don’t rock the boat

In development for PC with a planned release of 2019, Close to The Sun takes clear inspiration from the likes of Bioshock, Layers of Fear and there are even a few drops of Silent Hill thrown in for good measure.

Having played 15 minutes or so at Gamescom 2018, it managed to terrify even in the bustling confines of the business halls. Rose is defenseless, meaning your only option is to run when mysterious creatures rear their heads.

I didn’t stumble upon any of them during my brief demo, but I did catch a glimpse of a gruesome scene filled with bodies strung up and thrown about the place. It wasn’t pretty.

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Due to the lack of combat, much of your time will be spent learning your surroundings, solving puzzles and escaping monsters by the skin of your teeth whenever they appear.

It’s clearly similar to Outlast and Amnesia, offering the player little in means of defense so you’re truly terrified of the threats that await. Here’s hoping the enemy is seldom shown, too.

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