By Chris Priestman . May 14, 2015 . 9:01am
Due to the short-lived success of P.T., brought about by it being pulled by Konami, it seems inevitable that there will be game creators looking to fill the void that it left. The first of which seems to be a survival horror game called Allison Road.
It started off as a solo project by Chris Kesler, who is primarily a concept and environment artist, and who has previously worked on movies including Avatar, The Hobbit, and Guardians of the Galaxy. He played P.T. immediately as it was available on PSN last year. Two days later he started making Allison Road.
Speaking to MoviePilot, Kesler described what P.T. made him realize after he downloaded and played it: “I finished the whole thing the same night, and frankly I was quite… disturbed… after that. I realized two things that night. 1.) My house is scary as hell at night. 2.) You can make an entire short game with only one hallway. Who would have thought? Somehow it never occurred to me that something on such a small scale could totally work, but that night it really clicked.”
Kesler then worked by himself on Allison Road for two months. He constructed the British suburban house that it all takes place in, using his skills to bring a proper sense of space and reality through the dimensions of the house and the smaller details you can find within it. If you look at the screenshots released so far you’ll see that it all looks quite lifelike.
However, you won’t get to explore this house right away as you play someone who is hungover, and sleeps throughout the day. It’s not until the night rolls around that you awaken due to a loud noise and a scream. It turns out that a small family lives above you in the same house and the parents got into a fight that led to the murder of their daughter. You then have until 3:15AM to solve the murder or suffer your own personal demise.
This story is based upon the Amityville murders that took place in New York in 1974. It involved an entire family being murdered by the son while they were sleeping. One of his sisters was called Allison and that’s where the title Allison Road comes from.
Kesler now has two programmers, an animator, musician, and a sound designer working on Allison Road with him. It’s due on PC with Oculus Rift support in 2016, but will hopefully also be coming to consoles as well. You can follow its development on Facebook.