“Blacklisted” horror RPG “Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story” Now on Steam, Coming Soon to Consoles
Successfully crowdfunded in 2018, Suzaku’s Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story is finally available for Steam PC and is coming to PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS Vita in October 2020. Inspired by retro horror classics Clock Tower and Fatal Frame, Sense is described as a 2.5D horror RPG that blends cyberpunk elements with Cantonese folklore. If you jump in now, you can get a special 10% launch-window discount.
Haven’t heard of Sense before now? That may not be a coincidence. According to a recent interview with Suzaku co-founder Benjamin Widdowson, his studio has essentially been blacklisted by many gaming media outlets who find the content in Sense to be offensive. Fortunately, that didn’t stop Suzaku from raising more than $60 thousand on Kickstarter and meeting every one of its stretch goals.
What’s the game all about? Here’s the full breakdown of Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story from the game’s Steam page:
Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story is a 2.5D game inspired by Clock Tower and Fatal Frame. With careful attention to pacing, atmosphere and storytelling, Sense hopes to return the horror genre to its roots; celebrating the slow, fearful creep of dread instead of relying on over the top action and jump scares. The ghosts – as glitches on our reality – act as spiritual and paranormal threats, not monsters to be killed. The horror of our story comes from atmosphere and storytelling, not loud sound and artificial effects.
In 2083 Neo Hong Kong, a young woman named Mei Lin Mak is dragged into a maelstrom of supernatural horror. As she peers deeper into the century old mystery, Mei will be forced to question her perception of reality and her trust of her cybernetic eyes. Under the neon lights of a cyperpunk dystopia, the ruins of the ‘Chong Sing Apartments’ hides a bloody mystery illuminated by both the traditions of Chinese folklore and the innovations of the industrial future. If there is any hope of escaping this nightmare, Mei-Lin must explore this complex, piecing together the stories of 14 lost souls, and discover the truth of her own family curse.
The player will need to search and examine every nook and cranny of the world around them in order to progress. Some items may not be visible until specific chains are completed, and some items may be hidden from Mei’s cybernetic eyes at all times, as if spirited away by the ghosts stalking her. Some may require quick wit – and have urgent consequences.
NPCs will be heavily populating a few areas of the full game, but there may be some wandering the halls with you. Talking to them can reveal information about the world, the mystery at hand, and even some unexpected secrets.
Some interactions require a closer look, zooms allow for a different view of items, areas, and puzzles. Make sure to search every inch.
The world of Sense is huge and complex, each location will reveal details about Neo-Hong Kong and the surrounding world. From Geo-Politics to inter-character relationships, don’t be afraid to click on anything that looks interesting.
Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story is published by Top Hat Studios and is currently available for Steam PC and is scheduled to release in October for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Playstation Vita, and PC (via Steam).