Come May 3, Funcom will finally be releasing digital copies of its psychological horror game, The Park, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
Previously released last year, The Park, is a narrative-driven horror game which puts players in the shoes of its main character, Lorraine, as she looks for her son in a fictional theme park, "Atlantic Island Park."
Players of Funcom's The Secret World will recognize the theme park's name as it is also a present map in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG).
The Park may take its setting from The Secret World but Funcom explains that game experiences from both titles are unlikely similar.
Unlike the MMORPG, The Park is a single player game where combat mechanics are not present. Instead, "players must explore the dilapidated amusement park and face panic and paranoia as [their] progress [unravels] Lorraine's story and the history of the park itself." Props to Funcom for adding more lore to their game's content.
The Park is also inspired by award-winning games that focus on exploration and story-telling elements like Dear Esther, where the protagonist explores an island to look for answers; Gone Home, where players explore an empty house to understand what happened; and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, where players take the role of a detective to uncover the mysteries surrounding a boy's sudden disappearance.
This niche of the game industry tends to focus on mood and atmosphere and use compelling story-telling techniques to immerse players in each game's individual worlds, much like a movie, only, players move through the plot.
The Park doesn't fall behind as it features a rich storyline penned by a group of "award-winning storytellers," according to Funcom.
Currently, The Park has generated more than 10 million accumulated playthrough views on YouTube, "quickly becoming a favorite among streamers" and has "mostly positive" user-submitted reviews on Steam.
The game's price tag for the PC is $12.99 and according to developers, lasts for about one to two hours of psychological horror gameplay time.
The trailer for the game can be viewed below: