The Huntsman Comes Calling

The Huntsman Comes Calling

Hunstman: The Orphanage is another first-person indie horror title designed to make you wonder why you do this to yourself.

If you're not yet tired of dark rooms, tormented souls, crappy flashlights and being scared stupid by things that may or may not actually be there, then allow me to introduce you to Huntsman: The Orphange, an in-the-works horror game being developed by indie studio (and family of four) ShadowShifters. The game is up for voting on Steam Greenlight and seems to be doing very well for itself, hitting number 11 in the top 100 earlier this week.

Huntsman actually begin life as yet another Slender Man project, but the team changed things up after "Victor Surge" sold the rights to the property to an as-yet-unnamed third party. ShadowShifters Director Dene Waring said Valve contacted the studio with concerns about the IP rights and rather than end up like the Greenlight-topping Faceless project, which appears trapped in some kind of licensing limbo, the decision was made to replace the Slender Man with a brand new character: the timeless, dimension-traveling Huntsman.

There are some obvious similarities but Waring said the studio is working to set the Huntsman apart. "He is a manifestation of sorrow and loss that came to be in our dimension through the overpowering disruptive force of the first wave of the Black Death," Waring said. "He thrived on the grief of the many orphans left lost and alone in that apocalypse, and preyed upon the emotional energy of these newly destitute children. Taking on the guise of a Plague Doctor, masked and cloaked to protect him from being identified as a creature of another realm, he moved freely throughout the Europe of the Dark ages." And while he travels between dimensions at will, he has returned over the centuries during moments of great sorrow to abduct children and feed on their grief.

The studio had already created new story material and a dozen original characters for the game, which Waring said simplified the transition to a new character. Even so, he acknowledged that not everyone will be happy with the change. "I am very aware that we won't be able to please all the people all the time, and we don't intend to try," he said. "We can only go about the business of creating a story we have a strong vision of, that we believe in and enjoy ourselves, and then hope that the finished result appeals to some of the people some of the time."

The elements on display in the first promotional trailer aren't the most original, but that doesn't mean they won't be effective. If the team can pull together an interesting story, good level design and solid performances from the live-action actors, Hunstman: The Orphange could be very good indeed. And that means more nights spent hunched over the keyboard with a death-grip on the mouse, hiding from who-knows-what and wondering why - why? - we do these things to ourselves.

You can learn about the Huntsman and his first game at shadowshifters.com, and if you like what you see, vote to get it on Steam at Steam Greenlight.

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I never thought using AT&T service could be so scary!

I got the first stanza to his main theme:

Hunt, hunt, hunt
He's the Huntsman
"Taking children" is his cry
From the forest to the city
He will be there in a jiffy
To sock children in the eye

And in order to summon him, sound the Horn of Infancy.

Oh gods. I still have nightmares from playing the Shalebridge Cradle mission on Thief: Deadly Shadows.

That looks terrible and the audio hurt my ears -_- i am dissapoint.

And yet, my initial reaction was that someone blew the Horn of Urgency.

Admit it. Some of you were thinking it too.

Sooo...

It's Slender with a different character from the Fear Mythos?

'Cos I'm not seeing a major difference in gameplay.

Not that it looks terrible. Clearly the graphics are better and it looks like the story will be more complex than "Find the paper and get killed anyway," but still. Not particularly original, concept-wise.

I thought that Slenderman was a public domain character, and therefore free from the really horrifying things, Copyright and Trademark laws.

Uh what? How is the slenderman thingamajig copyrighted/trademarked? Like someone above me, I thought this was a public domain thing. So why is this an issue? Can you even trademark/copyright something like this given the circumstances of the whole slenderman creation?

Halyah:
Uh what? How is the slenderman thingamajig copyrighted/trademarked? Like someone above me, I thought this was a public domain thing. So why is this an issue? Can you even trademark/copyright something like this given the circumstances of the whole slenderman creation?

The original photos were made by "Victor Surge", a SomethingAwful forumite. He was happy enough to see it spread, so he didn't have issues with Slender and other stuff like that, but since he sold it, I imagine copyright is going to become a thing now...

OT: Gawrsh darnit Escapist, I just finished playing Time Fcuk, I'm emotionally vulnerable right now! ;__;

translator on!

... is just another indie game trying to ride on the success of Amnesia: The Dark Descent with a generic trailer with generic heavy breathing, which lets the viewer assume you are playing as a fat humanoid blob instead of someone being scared....
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....also ghost apreciate new communication devices....

lol.

indie gamers are just like the big game devs. copy what works and milk the genre.

lacktheknack:

Halyah:
Uh what? How is the slenderman thingamajig copyrighted/trademarked? Like someone above me, I thought this was a public domain thing. So why is this an issue? Can you even trademark/copyright something like this given the circumstances of the whole slenderman creation?

The original photos were made by "Victor Surge", a SomethingAwful forumite. He was happy enough to see it spread, so he didn't have issues with Slender and other stuff like that, but since he sold it, I imagine copyright is going to become a thing now...

OT: Gawrsh darnit Escapist, I just finished playing Time Fcuk, I'm emotionally vulnerable right now! ;__;

Oh? The other article didn't mention that or I just missed it. So yeah in that case I can see copyright becoming an issue... Go figure something like that happened. These days copyright is turning into another way of referring to things that ruins everything for everyone rather than what it was intended to do.

 

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