Welcome: Home Dev’s Spooky Romance Alone With You

By Nathan Grayson on March 12th, 2014 at 12:00 pm.

The twist is that the main character was trapped on a giant Barney The Dinosaur all along.

Oh, now this looks intriguing. A while back, Benjamin Rivers released Home, a side-scrolling horror experiment about building a character’s personality through moment-to-moment gameplay. Choices re-contextualized and even outright changed backstory elements, and the whole thing was just a really interesting way to tell a story. So then, what’s next for Rivers? Why, an equally experimental, er, dating sim, of course – but with fewer menus and more open exploration. Alone With You is about the lone survivor of a failed terraforming project and his/her AI companion. But there’s a sinister undercurrent creeping its skeletal fingers around the game’s mushy gushy heart. Trailer below.

So it’s a game with “romantic subtext,” but it doesn’t function at all like a traditional dating sim. Here’s Rivers’ explanation:

“Alone With You is a single-player exploration game with a romantic subtext that gets deeper as you progress. You play the final, reluctant crew member of a failed terraforming project on a distant planet that is slowly falling apart. Your only companion is the still-functioning A.I. of the installation you inhabited.”

“Its main features are: 1) A narrative-focused experience where story and gameplay are completely intertwined. 2) A gender-neutral protagonist that allows romance options for all players. 3) A simple, brand-new control scheme optimized for controllers that allows for ease of play.”

Beyond that, Rivers is being fairly cagey so as to avoid spoilers. Home was quite good, however, and this is certainly an alluring premise. I just hope it doesn’t go down the cliche path of the AI turning into some murderous moon crescent scythe of logic, reason, and weird robo-passion. At least, not unless it’s done in a really new and different way. We’ll just have to wait and see, though.

There’s no release date yet, but we’ll apparently be hearing more in the coming weeks and months. Do you like what you’ve seen of it so far?

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10 Comments »

  1. Shooop says:

    Her: The Video Game?

    Eh.

    • rikvanoostende says:

      Yeah, I made a similar remark about possible voice actors (Jaquin and Scarlett) but it got deleted by the powers that be :|

  2. Stardreamer says:

    I like what I’ve seen so far and I haven’t even watched the video. I just hope I won’t be crying “rivers” at the end of this – HA!

  3. HaikuWin says:

    I like the atmospheric sounds, it reminds me of Metroid games. Would a lonely, subtly romantic metroid-vania be wrong..?

  4. Loque says:

    Pixel-based engines are the new 3D graphics of this era.

    • Shooop says:

      Nostalgia’s a helluva drug.

    • alms says:

      Yeah, Benjamin Rivers has hundreds of faceless minions working under him, so he’s deliberately going for the nostalgia angle rather than making a necessary choice – not to mention we all miss the classic er experimental dating sims of uhm the early 90s, right?

  5. SillyWizard says:

    Nothing gets me hot-and-bothered like the possibility of being gender-neutral!

    • minstrelofmoria says:

      I have the feeling this is gonna be one of those games that tries to create a protagonist who resembles “you” for any given value of you, but winds up creating a protagonist who resembles your boring neighbor you try not to talk to.