Former F.E.A.R. devs unveil Betrayer

New indie title will be available via Steam Early Access on August 14, with the game a 17th century mystery taking place in Virginia.

Betrayer, a first-person PC action game set in 17th century colonial Virginia, has been announced by Blackpowder Games.

Revealed on PC Gamer, the new studio is composed of many leading ex-Monolith designers, who have previously worked on Shogo: Mobile Armour Division, No One Lives Forever, and F.E.A.R.

The monochromatic adventure was inspired by the mystery of the disappearing Roanoke colony, according to creative lead Craig Hubbard. “The social situation of that time was really interesting,” says Hubbard, formerly the lead designer on Shogo: Mobile Armor Division, F.E.A.R., and the NOLF series. “I don’t know if you’ve read about what it was like to be in the Pilgrim colonies, like if you broke the law, but they’d like… pile stones on you until you died. It was just brutal and horrific and that’s great subject matter for an atmospheric and eerie game.”

The game takes place in 1604 as the protagonist arrives in Virginia expecting to find a colony, and instead encountering ghosts and monsters.

Hubbard describes the game as "austere," saying that it promotes a feeling of exploration by ridding the game of guiding elements such as HUD popups and directional arrows.

"Clue by clue, you must piece together the story of what befell this doomed settlement and find a way to set things right," explains the game's official website. "You will be hunted by corrupted Conquistadors and ravening shadows as you explore an expansive wilderness in order to trace the brief, tragic history of the colony and search for survivors."

Betrayer will be released on August 14 via Steam Early Access for $15.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Did you enjoy this article?

Sign In to Upvote

martingaston

Martin Gaston

Hi! I'm Martin, for some reason or another I have managed to convince the people who run GameSpot that I am actually wor
81 comments
Leboyo56
Leboyo56

Reminds me of that cancelled game, Sadness.

adward22
adward22

ah my god who am i joking ??  ahhh i forgot this game has the same shity stuff as saint row 4 and if anybody who didnt see Betrayer footage gameplay on youtube dont...or you will vomit your guts for whole day ...its terribly bad ass game ...avoid it ^_^

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

So, am I to understand that this game contains more than a bit of stone pile executions? That would rock my world.

spindie
spindie

indie? something to fear right there

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

"The designer of Shogo, FEAR and NOLF" - Well, there's hardly any chance for this to go wrong then, I absolutely loved those 3 games.

Never heard of this new game they're working on before, so I'm very interested in seeing more of it.

My wallet is ready - Will be doing a bit of research and when it's released on Early Access I'll most likely send some money their way.

advocacy
advocacy

Hope this game has full controller support.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Three great gaming experiences from this guy in the past (each one "a little different" from others at the times of their release)...  I'll give it a shot.

DarkE0n
DarkE0n

I am so interested in this.

platinumking320
platinumking320

yeaaah boi !  Thats what I'm talkin about. From Serious Sam to Monolith devs under a new flag. Keep it up ya'll. Let's re-define what the FPS can be before 'the MAN' does.

WereCatf
WereCatf

I'm not sure I like the idea of most of the game being in black'n'white, but I'll give it the benefit of doubt for daring to be different. We'll see what comes out!

Daian
Daian

Well now, this is kinda different, I hope it turns out good.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

That actually looks pretty dam good, and it will be for a decent price too. Awesome.

Rock_Lord14
Rock_Lord14

that's a sick art style. Hopefully they'll port it to the PS3/4

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

I wish it was just a filter for certain scenes instead of the whole game being like that

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

FEAR 1 had an epic campaign and great multiplayer. Too bad Fear 2 and 3 sucked. This new game looks interesting.

Ted Hollis
Ted Hollis

I know. It's just one of the more famous ones, so the joke would work with more people.

Thomas Harrison
Thomas Harrison

Madworld was not the first to use a black, white and red art style.

Saidrex
Saidrex

My eyes, my EYES! I understand that graphics in video games is not that important when it comes to good story and gameplay, BUT... how is it possible to play something like that? HOW? By the end of trailer my eyes strated to hurt, i imagine what would happen if i played this [censored].

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

Wow, this looks really cool. I might just do that Steam early access since it's made by the same people who brought us F.E.A.R.

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

Aww, damn..! Preempted again. :|

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

F.E.A.R. 1 Was the best of all others FEAR series!

quakke
quakke

"Previously worked on NOLF and F.E.A.R. .."


Expect quality, people. Quality.

We can already see there is a Healthbar on the right so this game is on the right tracks as you would expect ex Monolith devs production to be.

Looking forward to this game.

KeenoControl
KeenoControl

Is this the spiritual successor to Condemned? WB should give Monolith full creative control for a Condemned 3, they'd love to do it.

Elann2008
Elann2008

@WereCatf 

I'm unsure either.  They should have made it like The Saboteur.. where it is black and white in certain parts of the game due to mission design.. and colors throughout.

Otherwise, it's just an eye-sore.  Remember Madworld?  At least that was done pretty well in black and white.  This Betrayer looks blinding..

Azghouls
Azghouls

I thought Fear 1 had terrific combat however lacks in storytelling (i.e. those damn telephones saying 'are you there...')

Fear 2 finally tells a story however lacks in combat (i.e. the AI wasn't as intuative as in Fear 1).

Never played Fear 3 though.

MJ-X
MJ-X

@Elann2008 Is it just me or am i amongst the few that thought The Saboteur was actually a damn good game :S

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@Azghouls you might want to save yourself that disappointment... or at most rent it or get it cheap.

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

@liotinedario F.E.A.R. extraction point expansion pack which it's follow FEAR 1, it's not follow the other series!