Get ready to feel goosebumps…
Goosebumps: The Game, the point-and-click adventure from WayForward, will release on October 13 – three days before the Goosebumps movie is slated to release. WayForward director Tom Hulett discussed the creation of the game on the PS Blog today.
“The whole point of a scary game is to control the atmosphere and the player’s mood so you can effectively stage scare moments. Too many developers build an entire action game and then expect to drape “scary stuff” over the top of it during the polish phase, resulting in a bland atmosphere, failed scares, and an overall rushed feeling. I was glad to finally sidestep the debate entirely by building a horror game in this room-by-room structure. Everything was planned and called out up front; we knew exactly what we needed to build. It was refreshing to watch our “scare” elements come together smoothly.”
“I’m not satisfied if the game is merely Goosebumps-flavored, or brand-adjacent,” Hulett stated. “I couldn’t sleep if the game felt like anything less than an authentic Goosebumps product with all the hallmarks that entails. It also helped that we were able to visit Sony Pictures to screen the film early on to provide inspiration and insight into the direction of the movie to help set up the prequel story.”
The post is long, interesting, and provides a significant amount of detail regarding the planning and development of the game.
Goosebumps: The Game is coming to PC, Nintendo 3DS, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Until then, enjoy some screenshots!