paul1290 08-16-2006 08:47 PM
Sadness IGN article

"...In my head there is a voice, different from the others. Whenever it answers it overwhelms the remaining voices, it mixes up thoughts and destroys peace. It tells me that I'm only mixed up in a thought which yearns to prove its own existence. It is the original voice, which wants to free itself from my head, to free itself from the logic and reason it is being stifled by. It is the voice of chaos which is now screaming frightfully in my head for me to take an axe resting against the wall and cut off my father's head..."

The information presented thus far has given us but a small taste of a title which could fill a wholly unique niche in the Wii's software lineup. The game is not only much more adult-oriented in content than what we have come to expect from titles exclusive to Nintendo consoles, but it is also stylistically distinct from any other video game on the market at the moment. We must remind readers of the key selling point to Sadness's graphical presentation: the game will be shown entirely in black and white. For Sadness, Nibris is trying to create a haunting atmosphere of Victorian-era horror. In order to better increase the photorealism of the in-game environments Nibris opted for this graphical technique. If this pans out, the game could end up being visually distinct from anything else out there.

Due to the scale of the project, Nibris has invited some recognized development teams to join in on the production of the game. Frontline Studios -- a 30-person team with experience developing for Nintendo platforms -- will be responsible for the programming of the game. 3D graphics specialists, Digital Amigos, will be saddled with the creation of the visual side of the game. A demo reel showcasing the recent 3D graphic work of Digital Amigos can be found here. Additionally many outside consultants including psychologists and horror authors were brought in to aid with the development of the title.

Finally, Nibris supplied us with one more telling detail about the game: Sadness will not have any in-game menu system or HUD. Unlike pretty much every other game on the market, Nibris is attempting to amplify the horrific aspects of their game by making the world as realistic and immersive as possible. This also corresponds to the in-game usage of the Wiimote. "We are aiming at completely intuitive behaviour of the player - just as in life. Every choice a player makes is essential - if you experience traumatic events in your life, they are with you all the time. This will be the same in Sadness. We want the player to feel that he is participating in events, not merely playing a game," says Piotr Bielatowicz, game designer. The Wiimote is going to be a key element in elaborating on this gameplay goal: operations using the Wiimote will be completely intuitive. If there is an item in the environment, such as an umbrella, the player need only reach out with the Wiimote and grab that item. The player can then manipulate that item realistically through motioning with the controller. This should provide players with a whole new level of involvement in the actions of the game's characters. As a further effort to heighten the realism of the game, Nibris has said that they will be employing a save system that will be completely invisible to the player.

Looks like Silent Hill and Resident Evil have some additional competition this time around. Big Grin
David Ryder 08-17-2006 01:28 AM
Yet another Survivial horror game. yay?