'Residence' creator Benjamin Rivers needs to make a psychological courting sim
Benjamin Rivers has spent the final three years engaged on his atmospheric indie pixel-artwork horror recreation, Residence, which began spooking up PCs by way of Rivers’ official website final June and terrified a a lot bigger viewers as soon as the sport hit Steam final August. Regardless of being an incredible labor of affection, Rivers is able to transfer on to his subsequent venture, which can be a romantic effort of a special type.
“Nicely, I made a joke on Twitter like a month in the past,” Rivers advised me throughout GDC, “the place I used to be like ‘Hey guys, if I did a horror recreation with a courting-sim factor, would individuals play it?’ and other people have been like ‘Yeah!’ Enjoying issues like Mass Impact whereas ending this recreation, enjoying Persona, that component of a very relationship-based mostly recreation the place you chase stuff like that, that is type of my new jam.”
Like House, Rivers’ subsequent recreation will doubtless nonetheless be two-dimensional and can give attention to psychologically influencing the participant in delicate methods, although this time the objective can be to induce emotional attachment to a fictional character, quite than instill terror. Not that love is not terrifying in its personal proper.
“It isn’t a grinding recreation or something like that, however I need to take a number of what you do in these relationship video games like Persona and offload a few of that to individuals,” Rivers stated, explaining that the last word objective shall be to have the participant develop into truthfully and emotionally invested, quite than solely caring concerning the gamification of satisfying a social hyperlink, or maxing out relationship factors.
“I need to principally take a recreation that makes you are feeling as cool as you do in Persona, so far as relationships, [being] as related,” Rivers continued, “however see if I can do it with out making it so online game-y, however nonetheless make it the place individuals perhaps also have a extra highly effective response as a result of they purchase in.”
Rivers did not converse to any of the sport’s specifics, akin to its title or potential launch window, although he did categorical his considerably bittersweet pleasure for engaged on a model-new venture. “It has been three years that I have been dwelling with this factor,” Rivers stated in reference to House. “Desperately I’m plotting my new factor, my subsequent factor and so sure, I’m wanting ahead to placing this to mattress – a part of me is. A part of me goes to overlook it when it goes away.”