In The Blackout Club, you play as a teen who has been waking up with scratches, covered in dirt and with blood under your fingernails. You don’t know how or why it is there, but what you do know is this: something evil is afoot in your town, it stole one of your friends and only you and the rest can fight the ‘boogeyman’ to get them back.
When I say friends, you’ll be pleased to know that, unlike most horror games, developer Question is not afraid of making the horror experience something akin to that of a social event. Question, made up of developers from the likes of Bioshock and Dishonored, has revealed (via Polygon) that The Blackout Club “will feature supportive, cooperative, multiplayer play for up to four people.”
Yet even with your friends by your side to help you uncover the sinister mystery that taints your town, The Blackout Club will be anything but a walk in the park. The club itself refers to the name you and your friends give the group, but also the town itself where there is no Wi-Fi or cellular signal, making the task of filming your discoveries to show to the world that much harder. However, these restraints only prove one thing: that teamwork in this game will be invaluable. Everyone will need to keep their eyes open – it could save a life.
The Blackout Club is described as having a ‘Stranger Things vibe’ by PC Gamer and it’s easy to see why. The adults are seen as the unwitting pawns involved whilst the kids are left to prove that the threat they face is a very real thing, often putting themselves in danger in order for the evidence to get recorded. And while yes, it does sound as though it could be a linear structure, the danger you’ll come across will never be the same thing twice. Sometimes you’ll have to do things a little differently, relying on various abilities to help you stay one step ahead of your mysterious enemy.
According to the trailer below, The Blackout Club looks set to be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in the first quarter of 2019. With games like Friday the 13th and Dead by Daylight that came out in 2017, will Question’s The Blackout Club give these games a run for their money in the scare factor? I can’t wait to find out.