All Right Sweethearts, What Are You Waiting For? STASIS

By Alec Meer on April 2nd, 2012 at 12:58 pm.

Puts me in mind of the opening of Baldur's Gate II. BUT IN THE FUTURE.

We’ve got the wacky, surrealistic end of the 90s point’n’click adventure game spectrum covered all over again, but what about the horror side of things? Back when we were laughing at monkeys or sending hamsters through time, we could also opt for a real downer with the likes of I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream, Gabriel Knight, Sanitarium and Darkseed. STASIS is a new take on this old darkness, a 2D, isometric sci-fi horror adventure (horenture?) with impressively lavish graphics and suitably scary noises. It really does look rather good, in a frightening sort of way.

Set in an abandoned research facility, it has overtones of Alien but, it appears, a more psychological kind of menace. Let’s have a look. Warning: features a teddy bear. I know that’s a common phobia among the RPS readership. Also, you should watch this in fullscreen and HD if you can.

And some in-game footage, if that was all a bit too vague for you. This is the first five minutes of the game:

One more trailer for luck:

Looking good, I think. More details may be found here. No sign of a release date just yet, which is understandable given this is a one-man project from Chris Bischoff, being developed as “an extreme labour of love.”

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  1. squareking says:

    Flavors of Dead Space all up in this biz. And Sanitarium! But “infirmery?” :(

    • Khemm says:

      I’m getting some Sanitarium vibes from the game for some reason too, maybe it’s because of the perspective.

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        DrScuttles says:

        Ah, I liked Sanitarium. Well, the early parts. I recall there being some dodgy alien or monster stuff towards the end resulting in something of a shift in the tone?

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        G-Lord says:

        I also think that the Sanitarium vibe comes from the perspective and a little bit from the tone. The setting and the gameplay seem to be very different though.

      • finnthefickle says:

        As a US’er, I can’t read references to Sanitarium without my brain auto-correcting it to ‘Santorum.’ Please help.

        • Matt says:

          You can remedy this by going to GOG.com, purchasing Sanitarium, and playing it.

          • RegisteredUser says:

            I’d rather he send Santodumb complaints, vote for Obama and hold public speeches to enlighten the public that gay hate and religious fanaticism is not something that should be happening in the 21st century.

    • GojiraPrime says:

      I was particularly impressed by “System Failier”. In fact that should be a word, as in “My system is a lot failier than it used to be.”

    • suibhne says:

      There’s a bevy of spelling mistakes, unfortunately. I think the game is Polish (?), but I hope they clean up the English translation before release. My view might seem overly pedantic, but I generally feel that spelling/grammar mistakes really detract from the spit ‘n’ shine of a game. That stuff should be table stakes.

      Otherwise it looks ace. Love the atmosphere and what I can see of the interface. The big unanswered question is probably pacing, but I’ll definitely keep paying attention.

  2. Khemm says:

    It’s incredible that only one person created all of this.
    Can’t wait.

  3. DaftPunk says:

    Wow this looks like a BIG BUDGET game,kudos to the maker.

  4. JustAchaP says:

    So want

  5. Galcius says:

    Is it me or do those screenshots look exactly like the opening level of FF7? I’m getting a flashback to the annoying synchronized button pressing bit.

    • Hentzau says:

      Oh, totally; that headline image is a direct copy of the outside of the Mako reactor where you fight that annoying hovercraft robot.

    • lordcooper says:

      Definitely very FF7

    • Ruffian says:

      it does look like the reactor! Man it’s been at least ten years since I’ve played that great game! gotta fire it up again sometime soon. Twas the first rpg I’d ever beaten. Ahhh, the memories.

  6. kael13 says:

    Looks like an interesting Slow Burn.. I just hope you’re not alone up there with those machines and you encounter a couple of characters.

  7. USER47 says:

    Nice Alien credits rip-off in the third trailer.:D

    Other than that, looks very cool.

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      Heh, I predict there’ll be a lot more Alien stuff in the game. “Ellen, Rebecca, where are you?”, indeed.

  8. mcwizardry says:

    Looks very promising, will keep my eye on this one.

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    Drayk says:

    It’s a pretty amazing achievment if it’s done by on person alone.

    + strangely it gives me hope for as what an 2-D isometric sequel to Planescape or BG2 could look like with todays resolution and tools.

  10. xcession says:

    Looks atmospheric as hell, definitely interested. My inner pedant is screaming at that “System Failier” typo towards the end of the 3rd vid but i’m hoping its not indicative of the overall quality.

    • Chris Bischoff says:

      That spelling error will haunt me eternally! I have an editor on-board now to help me with my horrid spelling! Fear not, if I miss spell anything nowadays, I get hit with a Cat o’ nine tails until I pee blood.
      -Chris

  11. S Jay says:

    Looks great!

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    Garmr says:

    I’m completely enthralled

  13. Arehandoro says:

    I want it for yesterday!

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    AmateurScience says:

    This looks funking brilliant.

  15. Drake Sigar says:

    Take my money.

  16. fenriz says:

    oh thank you lord, you made indie people notice how awesome isometrism is on games.

    Nomore brad, plz? Nomore animal puzzles(weight, water tanks, pulleys) but homo sapiens ones?

  17. Yosharian says:

    Woah this looks awesome, love the art style and old school isometric view. GIEF NOW

  18. Oof says:

    Huh. Maybe.

    My first thought was, I think I want me some of this extreme loving!

  19. niasyn says:

    Kickstarter beta.. So he can hire a copy editor?

  20. Shooop says:

    Piano music! THAT’S what’s been missing from horror-themed games all this time!

    I still remember how chilled I was by those three notes you first hear when entering the police station in Resident Evil 2.

    Lovely. Can’t wait to see more of this.

  21. JFS says:

    Ouuuhhh yeah. Finally a horror game that I can play, because these engines don’t support no jumpy screamy actionhorror bits, oh no, sir.

  22. f1x says:

    Looks great,

    I remember to find darkseed pretty disturbing, damn you giger, but that was so long ago
    this dosnt look so disturbing but it has a very well created atmosphere, even tho I hope the protagonist runs faster later on (seems to be kind of wounded at the gameplay video that could explain)

  23. Jorum says:

    Yes please. I’m also getting a FF7 vibe from all that pretty glow.

    Also we should probably start a petition to make sure Alec never uses the word horenture ever again.

  24. jonfitt says:

    Just floating there with his dead eyes watching me… brrr.

  25. MichaelPalin says:

    Ok, I don’t want to know no more. On to the list of “play eventually, don’t get exposed to” games right after Lone Survivor. It seems this is a good year for horror fans. And i still have Alan Wake and Silent Hill: Whatever to play…, yeah!?

  26. Jim9137 says:

    Yes.

  27. Walsh says:

    This makes me badly want a modern Crusader No Remorse.

  28. lgs says:

    Dark ambient track from the third video is amazing. Those creepy tech noises, man.

  29. InternetBatman says:

    This game looks awesome. I feel like an isometric renaissance is brewing.

  30. Lemming says:

    Dude clearly loves his Alien. Even down to the title appearance on the second trailer! Like the look of this.

  31. wodin says:

    WOW.

  32. alms says:

    Looks amazing! also one of those games where the gamma correction slider doesn’t go as far up as I need.

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    Maelig says:

    Looks very Alien-y indeed, which isn’t something I’ll complain about. Definitely looks promising, I’ll be keeping an eye out for this one.

  34. TsunamiWombat says:

    When just watching the gameplay trailer makes you wonder what happened (in the game world) – where is everyone, why did the tubes fail, why is everything covered in dust? – you know you’ve done suspense well. When human curiosity presses against nerve and fear, you’ve done your suspense well.

  35. SuperNashwanPower says:

    A Wabour of Wub <3
    How splendid. I will keep an eye out for this :)

  36. JackDandy says:

    This looks fascinating.

  37. Easy says:

    Oh my. Gorgeous. art. and sound design.

  38. Skaaltel 79 says:

    Instead of aliens, I got more of a fallout 3 meets ff7 vibe. Either way, I would be thrilled if the entire game was nothing but being lost in an empty dust filled techno-wasteland. SHUTUPANDTAKEMYMONEY

  39. Skabooga says:

    Something about the isometric view makes everything look so nice, it seems almost ingrained in my psychology. Although Stasis looks pretty enough on its own merits.

  40. Geen says:

    Oh god. Do not mention “I have no mouth and I must scream.” That is the scariest fucking thing ever. Do NOT mention it.

    • Enso says:

      Right, gonna make it my mission to complete that. I started playing it after I read the fantastic short story.

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    The Sombrero Kid says:

    Looks great