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Stylish survival horror White Night hits PS4 this week

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Stylish survival horror White Night hits PS4 this week

Watch the unusual launch trailer for OSome Studio's atmospheric chiller

White Night is our first game as an independent developer. We designed it as a homage to the classic survival horror games that we love so much. There’s only one simple rule at the heart of this mature, psychological tale: beware the dark. As a wounded man searching for help in a large, isolated mansion, you’ll need to tread carefully to avoid falling victim to the terrors that hide in the shadows. Your only means of defense are the fragile lights you’ll find scattered throughout the house, which reveal new clues and ward off the night.

But when it came to White Night’s visuals – an original black-and-white style that immerses players in the dark – we chose to honor another art form we love: the gripping atmosphere of old film noir. So when the opportunity arose to produce a live-action trailer for our game, accompanied by a song from its soundtrack, we jumped at the chance.

The goal was to bring the world of White Night to life in an unconventional way, highlighting how the unique themes of horror and noir can play off one another to create something captivating in its eeriness. Nassim Maoui (who co-directed the video with Christophe Mentz), a movie director, close friend and videogame fan, gave us the idea that started the whole thing. The song featured is performed by Froydis Arntzen Dale, a Norwegian actress well known to jazz and opera lovers (who also plays an intriguing character in the game).

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Part of our team comes from theatre and film backgrounds, so we got to be involved in every step of the production process, which is quite a feat for a studio of our size. The costume tests and shooting introduced us to a brand new universe, and that’s exactly what we wanted to achieve with OSome: mixing genres and industries in order for everybody to benefit from each other’s unique experiences. The trailer and the game were produced at the same time, and we worked closely with our costume designers, make-up artists, cinematographers, cameramen, actors and more on the consistency of both worlds.

And that collaboration definitely comes through in the end. From the costumes, props and set to our main actress (who performed her character for us using motion capture techniques), both the game and the trailer reflect and reinforce one another. If you pay attention, a few of the paintings in the video can also be found in the game, and some of White Night’s textures were even captured by our artists on the spot while the film crew was shooting. What’s more, the trailer references a very specific scene from the game (which of course we won’t spoil for you so close to release).

So please enjoy! Perhaps it will entice you to dive into the provocative world of film noir for yourself. White Night will arrive on PS4 on 4th March priced £13.99/€14.99 – we hope it keeps you up all night, alone in the dark.

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  • Nice art style.

    Oh and no IGC comments please, have people not realised that it’s not going to get them announced any sooner?

  • Face it guys, looking likely that IGC is being scrapped?

  • Looks nice, but would prefer a Vita version.

  • It looks really promising and at a decent price, I may get it.

  • Love the art style, gonna pick this up tomorrow.

  • er, so just suck it up, and wait.

  • I reckon this looks mighty fine . On the igc point I think it will be announced around 5 – 5:30 . If it’s not . Who cares . Got lots to play anyway :-)

  • *Comment got deleted while typing, no idea why*

  • This game looks so nice. I love the style.

    Any chance of a demo though?

  • Really looking forward to this One. Loving the art style

  • Apologies me Ronan, it’s not my kind of game. But GoodLuck to you :-)
    @TomaCentral : yeah, but the “PsBlogs” (officials blogs US, EUR, or whatever) is th only way we have to speak “directly” with Sony. We are hungry, and we tell it!
    Sorry for my poor “english language”, i learned german in highschool

    • Poor English…no wouldn’t say that at all.

      To digress English is probably one of the only languages you can butcher to hell and back and and people still understand what you mean.

      j’ai étudié le français pendent trois ans au lycée but I really wish Japanese would have been offered instead

    • Your English is an awful lot better than my French, so no problem there.

  • Absolutely bloody beautiful, and quite probably the best live action trailer I’ve ever seen.

    I’m eagerly awaiting the reviews. As long as this performs well and doesn’t have any immersion killing flaws, I’m likely going to love it.

  • I have really high hopes for this game. Loved the look of it from when I first saw it. Can’t wait to get it!

  • bloody idiots spamming this post about IGC

    • Who exactly are bloody idiots?

    • think thats pretty obvious.dont you ?

    • If you’re going to call people bloody idiots, then at least have the guts to call them out.

    • Like I said yesterday, this is quite justifiable..People have a right to know and accusing them for it, is something I don’t understand..The only reason I don’t join them in protest is because I don’t care right now. Despite the reviews, I had a great time playing thief last month and I won’t be able to play the only game I am paying a subscription for no matter how good it is because…..yeah it finally expires.

  • Looks like an interesting game will definitely check it out! Now for the reason im here..

    I cancelled ps+ when the price went up 50 percent, or i should say refused to renew it, but at some point a update was released on ps3 which turned my auto renewal from OFF to back on, so it auto renewed, right around the time psn went down.

    I was annoyed but thought to hell with it last month, this is for sure, my very last month with this terrible service, the games have gotten worse recently, and your promise of IGC going live on the FIRST wednesday of every month has been a lie, its about the 3rd time this has happened, where i have to wait a whole week before i can start using the service i pay for 3 months at a time.

    Games will prob only be made available next wednesday. Beyond angry right now

    • “Your promise of IGC going live on the FIRST wednesday of every month has been a lie, its about the 3rd time this has happened”

      You do realise it’s Tuesday don’t you?

    • Erm, you do realise the first Wednesday of the month is Tomorrow. Nobody’s Said you won’t get them tomorrow.

      You pay to game online (ps4) and receive a selection of titles each month. I’ve had that every month so no complaints. These things happen every so often and if it’s the only happened two times (your counting this month as a third) then looking at how long they’ve been doing it, that ain’t to bad a record.

      All this fuss over a late announcement. I remember when they announced them as part of the store update. it’s hardly world ending is it!

  • Yes, an Indie game that isn’t a platformer, rogue like or metroid vania …thank you !!!!!!!!!! Look forward to it.

  • The best art style i have seen for years. I think it would be a great game. Oh, and price is very reasonable. I can’t wait to play it!

  • Absolutely amazing. sin city, chinatown and hopefully silent hill fused together beautifully

  • I actually would’ve LOVED to see this IN the IGC. Not only does the IGC guarantee decent “sales” for the devs, but it exposes a lot of people to games they usually wouldn’t touch.
    White Night and Helldivers would’ve made for an epic IGC month.

    And stop spamming IGC update requests on posts that have nothing to do with it, or Sony’s lackluster treatment of its costumers in general. This is not a Sony post, so stop drowning it in Sony problems.

    White Night looks be a refreshingly stylish throwback to the days where Alone in the Dark actually was kinda scary. It deserves its place in the (spot-)light.

  • Awesome trailer considering it’s live action! Game looks cool too.

  • Look’s AMAZEBALLS ! Day one purchase ! i love live action games!

  • I was really interested in this one, but can you explain this?

    15 euros, or £14.

    15 euros is actually £11, why are we expected to pay nearly 30% more in the UK?

    • Because it’s more expensive to import zeroes and ones to the UK than to Europe, DUH!

    • It’s almost like someone is taking us for idiots, or perhaps they just don’t know how the EU common market works.

    • Or the fact you can sign up for a US PSN account and buy stuff usually 20-50% cheaper.

    • Because you re rich in the UK :)

      BTW it’s the same thing when the game costs 15$ and we pay 15€ here, 15$ is 13€ not 15, it’s even worse when you take a game for 70 bucks/euro. This crap happens every time in Europe.

    • Not quite the same – when you see dollar/euro differences in pricing, while some of it is certainly a scam, there’s an element of taxation involved, and our sales taxes (VAT) are much, much higher than the US.

      However, the UK is part of the EU common market where cross border VAT charging doesn’t happen (actually, that recently changed a bit but you’re talking ~3% difference here and there) and there’s zero excuse if the quoted prices above are correct, it’s plain and simple discriminatory pricing.

  • the save/checkpoint system in white night sucks and i keep rage quitting from lost progress every time a ghost pops out of literally nowhere to kill me so its truly a great survival horror game in that regard

  • i remember seeing every week
    a new demo on psn o well gues ill play on my ps2 till i get sum platforming like jak and rachet got mkx preordered 2 kill sum time

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