Amy is Survival Horror Evolved, Coming to PSN This Summer

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Amy is Survival Horror Evolved, Coming to PSN This Summer

If you’re into new survival-horror experiences, this post is for you! After recently releasing Red Johnson’s Chronicles on PSN, we’re excited to be publishing Amy on PSN later in 2011. Amy is the upcoming game from Paul Cuisset, who may be a familiar name for some of you; In the early 90s Paul created Flashback, a classic game that is credited today as a great source of inspiration by respected game designers.

With Amy, we’re now bringing Paul’s innovative concepts to PS3 owners with a new development philosophy that bridges the gap between innovative indie PSN games and very ambitious Blu-ray titles.

Amy for PS3 (PSN)

Dark Days

The story begins on a rainy December day in 2034. Global warming is in full swing, spreading diseases and natural disasters all around the world. You play as Lana, a character who regains consciousness following a comet impact in the small town of Silver City. Upon awakening, you discover that Silver City has descended into chaos. Violence, fury, rage, wreckage and death: the world you knew has been torn to Hell.

Struck by a mysterious virus, most of the townspeople have transformed into gruesome creatures and now prowl the streets as a wild horde. You’re wounded and you know you must escape, but you’re infected and the viral process has already begun: Hell is now pumping through your veins. There are only two ways to survive the infection. One is by locating special medical equipment found on the corpses of soldiers who have invaded Silver City. The other lies with Amy.

Amy for PS3 (PSN)Amy for PS3 (PSN)

Unlikely Alliance

By your side is a strange little girl named Amy, who can’t speak but whose face expresses both fear and sadness. While you’re fleeing and trying to protect her, you realize that being close to her stops the contamination and even temporarily heals you. That might be the reason why infected humans, grisly creatures, Special Forces combatants and even other survivors are after the two of you. To stay alive, you will have to help each other.

But contrary to many games with a secondary character, Amy is neither a super warrior nor a docile character that follows you. You can use her small size and weight to reach inaccessible areas and ask her to do specific actions. Being a child, Amy is also naturally curious and will explore the environment with you – sometimes she might even draw your attention to something you would have missed.

More importantly, Amy possesses several special abilities. By pressing R1, you can hold her hand. This enables you to heal, but also lets you feel Amy’s heartbeat through the rumble of the DualShock 3, which lets you feel her stress level while you explore dangerous locations. This might be very useful, even if holding her hand slows you down. Amy also has several other special abilities that I’m not going to detail now…but trust me, you will like them.

Amy for PS3 (PSN)

Survival Stealth

Your overall goal is to escape with Amy, and find a safe shelter to save her (we call this mechanic “exfiltration”). You’ll hide, run, fight, solve puzzles and use cunning, and you will often be free to choose your tactics. In addition, while you progress, you will meet different characters and explore the special bond between Amy and Lana.

One of our goals is to make you feel the fragility of Lana and Amy. Lana is not trained to fight; Amy is just a kid. But you can try to avoid your enemies, for example, by hiding in a closet or under a table. While hiding, you can spy on your pursuers…but be careful!

Another option is to use your infection to your advantage. When you show signs of infection, most of the enemies won’t attack you if you move slowly. But you will have to avoid the soldiers, who will shoot you on sight, and you’ll need to stop the infection before it‘s too late. Most of the enemies are able to communicate with each other so if one spots you, the others will rush in to attack. If you’re clever, you can exploit their intelligence to deceive them and trigger a fight between soldiers and infected humans.

But being smart won’t be enough. When cornered, you’ll need to gather your courage and fight back tooth and nail because your enemies are fierce. Although you have an inventory, you won’t be choosing between tons of items: You will have to make do with small weapons: clubs, crowbars and the like. Lana only carries light items with her and uses only one weapon at a time. In a pinch, you can sometimes use the environment to your advantage, for instance by attracting an enemy into a water puddle and electrifying it.

Amy’s Atmosphere

We’ve also worked hard on the script to provide you with a fully coherent experience. From a train station, to a hospital, going through a subway or the dark streets of Silver City, you will discover a unique atmosphere with Amy.

Finally, I’d like to share a worldwide exclusive video with you, a video we’ve just made to show off the game’s visuals and atmosphere. We will soon be releasing a new video demonstrating certain gameplay moments, so stay tuned! You can watch the video at the top of this blog post.

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106 Comments

  • @49, The game’s story probably won’t last more than 10 hours. It costs $13.

  • Actually, scratch that “10 hours”. Probably won’t be longer than 5 hours.

    But I’m still very excited for this. Too bad it’s not a PSN exclusive though. Where did that news come from, anyway?

  • Looking like it could be good one! Excited to see the next video with more details!

  • Interesting, except that the “global warming” myth has been debunked a thousand times over. If this is a political “shame on you humans” “art piece” count me out. If it’s simply an idea for the “why” of the five w’s then I’ll pull the trigger. The last thing I and others need is preaching the liberal line in our games. I get enough of that garbage elsewhere. I stopped seeing hollyweird movies two years ago.

  • Very interested in this game.

  • I appreciate everybody’s comments it’ just gets annoying is all. I wish sony would give us a free 50 dollar credit or free Escalation map pack however I am down with the free games we got even though i’ve beat them both i still can trophy hunt on them :D

  • Wow this game is gonna kick azz!

    This is like Siren: Blood Curse + Silent Hill + Resident Evil !

    Looks Scary ! >_<

  • I’ve been following this game for almost a year now, and it was (believed to be) PSN Exclusive since people first heard of it. Lately now there are reports that it is also going to appear on XBL; is this true?

  • I need a Ps3

  • That looks incredible!

  • interesting would love to see some gameplay footage.

    not too excited about this being placed in the future nor the main character.

  • the content just keeps coming

    All i need is my PS3 and PS Vita

  • why isn’t there an hd stream please fix thanks in advance and looks amazing by the way reminds me of of silent hill ps2 versions.

  • The small changes to the character over time was impressive. I’ll be watching this one more.

  • it looks like silent hill a little bit but it still looks good but not as good as MODERN WARFEAR 3.

  • So this is Resident Evil and Silent Hill meet F.E.A.R am I correct? It almost remind of those 3 games.

  • There were rumors this was coming to Vita too, confirm or deny?

  • Wow, this looks great!! hope that the Sounds is great To!!

  • looks really awesome. I like getting all these technical details! some questions:

    1) will the plot be branching, like Heavy Rain?

    2) looks like 720p rendering with MSAA, is that right?

    3) how many SPUs are you leveraging at once, and with what load?

    4) music sounds great, but hopefully you do a better job with your audio assets than Dead Space did. Dead Space’s MP3 assets sounded super muddy, and it greatly diminished the experience for me. can we count on bluray-quality assets?

    5) here’s another vote for Fade to Black on PSN :)

    PS: I really liked Siren as well, but wish it would get trophy support and a fresh coat of paint. Move support would be nice as well :)

  • wow, seems like it should be an awesome experience! I love horror games, so make this as scary as Siren/Silent Hill, and I am sold!

  • I juust wet my pants thinking about the anxiety this game will cause me.

  • For those of you that are confused about what the term “God Rays” means…..It is not a boss or an enemy of any kind. It is also not a power that you will have….it is the term for the light rays shining through the window. Play the video back and you will see when they show the term God Rays, it is showing the dynamic lighting that comes through the window. Sorry to dissappoint but just thought I would clear that one up.

  • This game looks great. I need a price though.

  • Ummm, new survival horror? Sign me up. Eagerly awaiting the new video!

  • wow looks amazing!!!!!! definitely looking forward to it :D

  • This game could use ps move support down the line if possible. Also it Reminds me of silent hill part 1 kinda. But im not going to taint your hard work by casting it looks like another game. Im going to have to play it and find out.

    mcbuttz78
    vp- psn legionairre group

  • did they announce the price yet?

  • it looks really promising, the lack of guns is kind of a bummer but as long as its interesting it wont matter much

  • You had me at ‘God Rays’.

  • really peaked my interest in the game, looks incredible for a DL game. Need to know more!

    Also I am getting mixed answer, IGN.com says its multiplatform while GameSpot.com only lists the PS3 version.

  • I will def. play this game… with all my house lights TURNED on.

  • This game looks sick!!! but there’s people saying it’s not a ps3 exclusive? wth? if multiplatform the quality of the game will suck :(

  • Watched the video & read about it. This may be the start to the rebirth of the Survival Horror Genre (Not counting the Dead Space series as Survival Horror because you are overpowered. in my opinion, Survival Horror should place you in a situation where you are relatively weak & have to use tactics)

  • looks cool o.o

  • Wow!! Looks VERY interesting to me. This generation REALLY lacks this type of games. Please do your best at it!!

  • looks pretty cool great graphics cant wait

  • All I have to say is that I will get this game the first day it comes out it looks awsome, and the charactor looks realistic not like most of the new/old games nowadays.

  • I’m generally interested in this title. Nice tech demo with interesting back story, can’t wait to hear more.

  • Wow! this game looks amazing for a PSN game.

  • This looks amazing. The entire time I was just looking at her like “Is she changing? Why is happening? This is getting creepy….[DELETED] is going on here?!” I can’t wait for this game!!

  • I hope you show more game play soon. Looks very compelling. I do like these kinds of tech video to show that you guys know what you’re doing from the tech side of things.

  • Looks good. I WANT GAMEPLAY.

  • This kind of gameplay reminds me “Haunting Ground” with some paranormal stuff…

  • “Global warming is in full swing, spreading diseases and natural disasters all around the world.”

    Really? Couldn’t have thought of something a little more original? Really getting sick of all this G.W. B.S. in my games. Sly had it, other games mention it and now this. I play games to get away from all the B.S. in my life and now the G.W. agenda is forcing it’s self on me in my games.

  • This looks amazing, and if I didn’t know that it’s for PSN, I would think it were a full disc game. Very impressive.

  • This looks to be quite a thrill to play! Any chance of seeing a reincarnation of Flashback, in HD? Awesome classic game was SOOO awesome back then! :D

  • Aww, I thought it was a heart of Darkness remake. This still looks awesome though.

  • This game looks pretty amazing.

    Depending on how much game time I can get from this I’m really excited about purchasing it so far. Can’t wait for more videos from it!

    But yeah, I’m also curious about whether or not this will be on vita.

  • OMG … I’m scared .. but it looks great . D:

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