Xbox One Getting Former BioShock Dev's New Horror Game

Perception is on the way to Xbox One.


Perception, the first-person horror game from a team of former BioShock developers, is headed to Xbox One. Developer Deep End Games announced this today on the Xbox Wire.

Today's announcement is not a total surprise, as Deep End Games said more than a year ago that an Xbox One edition of the game was a possibility. Perception is also in development for PlayStation 4 and PC.

You play as a blind woman, Cassie Thornton, who must make her way through a mansion in Massachusetts. The home is occupied by a supernatural force known as "the presence." Your only physical tools are a walking stick and a smartphone, and also, critically, your ability to hear. Every tap of the walking stick or sound creates a visualization that illuminates the world around you.

"You don't have shotguns and magic powers and all that," project lead Bill Gardner told GameSpot when The Deep End announced Perception back in 2015. Gardner worked at Irrational for more than a decade, most recently serving as design director for BioShock Infinite.

Overall, the game aims to capture a cat-and-mouse/hide-and-seek feeling, not unlike Alien: Isolation.

Perception plays out across a series of chapters from different eras. Each time period explains some of the terrible things that have happened inside the mansion. Once these are completed, players travel back in time--and the mansion completely changes form, from its geometry to the people and spirits dwelling inside it.

No release date for Perception has been announced.

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