Blue Isle, the devs behind the viral PC game Slender: The Arrival have announced their next title. A first person adventure taking place in a mystical and secluded natural arena, Valley will see players don the L.E.A.F suit to attain superhuman abilities in their exploration. The suit boasts improved speed and agility as well as the intriguing ability to control the life and death of the player’s surroundings.
The game feels more like a conventional exploration adventure than the adrenaline fuelled journey through the woods of Slender. While definitely turning away slightly from the fear they built their name on, Blue Isle is presenting an experience that follows the basic linearity of today’s adventure games but also holds some idiosyncrasy in terms of gameplay mechanics. The more you die, the more the environment dies around you. There’s more to lose from taking that critical hit from an enemy here, and you don’t just have yourself to think about. It’s a take on the problem of the inconsequential death that feels fresh, and the active manipulation of the life and death of objects around you will hopefully lead to some dynamic gameplay, even if we don’t as yet know how it will be employed.
Valley promises “forests, wildlife, ancient ruins, charming creatures, dangerous enemies and other mysteries” and so far the artwork holds up to a certain level of environmental beauty. The game will apparently be available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 this summer.