"For the last three years, we have been working on a game called SOMA," creative director Thomas Grip said. "This game is by far the most ambitious and thrilling project we have ever undertaken... SOMA is meant to chill you to your core, and confront you with questions about your very existence."
Like Amnesia before it, SOMA is a first-person horror game that focuses on exploration and survival. However, unique to Frictional's latest is how sci-fi impacts the design.
"SOMA is meant to be a proper sci-fi game," Grip said on the PlayStation.Blog. "The subject that SOMA will discuss is consciousness. Personally, I find it the most profound questions that it is possible to ask. 'How can the feeling of subjective experience arise from a chunk of flesh?' Exploring this further takes us to questions such as 'Can machines be conscious?' and 'Do we have free will?' It quickly gets very disturbing, and is ideal for a futuristic horror setting. It is the kind of sci-fi that we want to make."
You can see a little bit of their man-meets-machine scares in this lengthy gameplay clip running on PS4:
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