The BAFTA-winning devs at Introversion Software officially announced the independent studio’s next title today, “Scanner Sombre,” launching on PC on April 26. The devs describe the game saying that Scanner Sombre “introduces a minimalist game environment in intriguing new ways, creating a suspense-laden journey that harnesses the senses from a first person perspective”.
Using a LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) scanner to aid navigation, players must make their way through a complex network of underground caves in complete darkness in an attempt to make it back to the surface. Your LIDAR scanner produces millions of individual light-points, painting a static, neon 3D image of the environments as you trek through the darkness. But not all is as it seems, and you might not be alone.
“Prison Architect” was a very popular indie-game that spent quite a long time in early-access. The game allowed players to craft and maintain the perfect prison, all while trying to keep the inmates and guards healthy and alive.
Creative Director at Introversion Chris Delay said, “Scanner Sombre is a total departure for us as a studio in terms of visual style and tone; it’s almost a subversive game when you think about what people might expect from Introversion so we’re really looking forward to hearing people’s reactions when they can play it.”
Introversion’s Managing Director, Mark Morris butted in with, “This is a very different experience to Prison Architect. It’s a shorter, but a more involved, claustrophobic game distilling a deep sense of unease into a single play session. It’s probably going to make you feel a bit uncomfortable.”
Interested PC players can watch the official launch trailer for the game below, thanks to a quick upload from the developers.
Scanner Sombre will cost $11.99 and will launch with a 20 percent discount on Steam, GOG and the Humble store.