Publisher Ratalaika Games and developer Headware Games will release “PS1-style horror” game Chasing Static for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch alongside its previously announced PC (Steam) version in Q3 2021, the companies announced. A demo is available now for PC via Steam.
“The PlayStation era had so many great horror games that made an impact on me and gave me nightmares for years,” said Headware Games founder Nathan Hamley in a press release. “Chasing Static is my attempt to pay homage to those classics and that visual style while scarring a whole new generation with ideas I’ve had percolating for a while.”
Here is an overview of the game, via its Steam page:
In the dead of night a fierce storm rages across North Wales. Miles from any town, Chris Selwood seeks refuge in a remote roadside café. Shortly thereafter Chris experiences a horrific sight as he finds the café waitress pinned to the ceiling by something with fierce glowing eyes, he passes out waking up to the dusty old abandoned remains of the café.
Explore the untouched wilderness of rural Wales as you uncover the forgotten remains of a mysterious facility and try to piece together what happened to the missing villagers of Hearth.
Inspired by 80s Sci-Fi horror and contemporary surrealist cinema, Chasing Static delivers a unique take on the narrative adventure genre through new audio driven gameplay mechanics and non-linear exploration.
- Sonic Exploration – Audio driven gameplay mechanics have you hunting anomalies with an experimental Frequency Displacement Monitoring Device.
- Lo-Fi, Hi-Fi – Crunchy low poly visuals reminiscent of PS1 classics with full voice acting, high quality sound design and a modern approach to gameplay.
- Non-Linear Gameplay – Explore the world of Chasing Static at your own pace, uncovering it’s secrets in any order you please.
- Bite-sized Terror – A self-contained story with an average playtime of 2 hours.
Watch a trailer below. View a set of screenshots at the gallery.