Imagine the scariest survival game ever, in your own home, lights out and you're actually in the game.
That's the premise behind Night Terrors, an augmented reality horror video game that its developers are hoping an Indiegogo crowd-sourcing funding effort will get off the ground.
"Think about a system that understands where you are in your environment, and is able to exploit that information in order to create an unbelievable augmented reality experience. Think about playing a game where the storyline involves you. Consider a future full of movies you star in, experiences that seem real, and scenarios, in our case, that are freakishly frightening. This is in your house. This is in your apartment. This is in your environment. This is Night Terrors," stated the Indiegogo campaign.
Apparently, more than a few gamers would love to see such a game come into play as the project raised more than $10,000 in just one day with the help of more than 600 supporters. The funding goal is $70,000, and that's likely doable with 39 days left to raise funds.
Players don't get much control over the gaming environment as the game controls what they see and hear and where they go in the game. Photorealistic elements are streamed in the camera feed and audio is spatialized, providing players an "immersive binaural audio experience."
There are only two things a player has to do in the game: save the girl and survive. Doing these things, however, may not be as easy as they sound.
"Hint: It doesn't involve sitting on your couch," warned the makers of the game.
As the developers explain, the game is built on four big algorithms, and the team offers a sneak peek at how they work.
"We've built a system that understands where the walls, ceiling and floors exist, making the ghost placement much more realistic and believable to the player," stated the team, promising a breathtaking experience.
Game development was initially an eight-month project. Now, it is in its second year because the developers say they didn't want to settle.
"It's your chance to be a part in creating a new genre in gaming, and we're very excited to show you what we've made," the game builders urged supporters.
A $5 funding will earn the supporters a copy of the game on release while $10 will give them extra access to behind-the-scenes footage and an exclusive web forum. For $25, the developers will make in-game characters call out to you by your name. Other funding options will allow individual backers to have their faces included in the game or corporate sponsors to collaborate with the game developers in a promotional strategy valued at $30,000.
Test and beta building is slated to begin in September.