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Emily Wants to Play Arrives August 9 on PS4

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Get ready to jump out of your seats. Emily Wants to Play is headed to PS4 this August. Emily Wants to Play is a survival horror thrill ride without any blood or gore.

Players control a pizza delivery person who is trapped by Emily and her dolls on his last delivery of the night. Throughout the night, players must survive while exploring the house to uncover the eerie story of Emily, her strange parents, and the even stranger dolls. Emily Wants to Play scares most players almost immediately. But, if players are brave enough to continue, they are treated to a survival strategy showdown between the pizza guy and Emily and the dolls.

Making a Scary Game is… Scary

Working on the game itself was a frightening endeavor. Sometimes I would be all alone, working on it at night. I could imagine the characters coming to life on their own, tilting their head sideways and staring back at me through the monitor. It’s a scary thought, and it shouldn’t be able to happen. But, if I make a mistake in the programming, it actually can happen!

A few times during testing, a doll was supposed to move away from me, but instead, very unexpectedly, it would run straight at me. It was alarming, to say the least.

The House is Real

The environment in the game, the house, is actually my childhood home in New Orleans. It was a very old house where several bizarre and traumatic occurrences took place. I wasn’t going to use it at first, but as I drew it out on paper, I realized the layout was perfect. The layout of the house really worked great in combination with the strategic elements that occur later on in the game.

The Dolls Are Alive

In addition to the scary old house, I added another one of my fears: dolls! I don’t like any kind of doll, and the thought of a doll coming to life has always bothered me. I decided to combine both and create a game where players run from possessed dolls in a creepy old house.

To make the game even more spooky, the dolls and Emily were given their own personalities. They can move around the house freely, watch the player, and determine the best way to scare them. Emily and the dolls like to play their own version of popular children’s games. In order to survive, players must determine how to react to each game.

Everyone Loves to Watch

An unexpected side effect of how the game works is that it is so much fun watching other people play. Players share it with their friends and family to watch their reactions. This effect caused the PC version of Emily Wants to Play to take off on YouTube. It grew the fan base exponentially.

Fans without a PC began asking me for a console version of the game. So, I decided to dive right into console development and bring it to more platforms.

After months of work, tons of fan requests, and more than 100 million gameplay views later, I am excited to announce that Emily Wants to Play is ready for PS4. It will launch August 9 on PlayStation Store.

Add Your Own

jgrizzle358 said:

July 7th, 8:09 am

I saw Markiplier play this. I love horror games but unfortunately I’m not very good at the FNAF style timed survival ones with limited space. I’m better at one’s like Outlast and Soma. Although seeing as though I already have an idea of what to do I might still give it a go. What are we looking at price wise?

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    Shawn Hitchcock said:

    July 7th, 10:58 am

    Thanks for your interest. It will be $4.99.

    gretch1177 said:

    July 7th, 10:22 am


    RISE_UP44 said:

    July 9th, 9:26 am

    4.99 is a great price point.. I am wicked excited to get the you know what scared out of me..lol

stalepie said:

July 7th, 8:48 am

Is it coming to VR?

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    Shawn Hitchcock said:

    July 7th, 11:01 am

    I am looking into PSVR for it. Several people have asked for it.

    BlongTreyLo said:

    July 10th, 8:03 pm

    Oh boy I am hoping this game will come to VR. Horror games in general just fits perfectly with VR!!

Axellent21 said:

July 7th, 9:34 am

YAAASSSS! Finally, I’ve been waiting for this for so long, me and my friend have just been checking twitter to see the announcement trailer, and I’ve seen Markiplier play t and I thought, “I bet I can get some good gameplay of this!” I’m pumped for it to drop, and I will be the first one to buy it! :3

zirocrath said:

July 7th, 10:21 am

…really? I saw HarshlyCritical and Markiplayer playing this and it’s quite bad actually…

Korahn27 said:

July 7th, 12:23 pm

Watched some plays through Fine Bros react channel. Emily can go to hell. her and her little dolls. Awesome game, but I think I’ll hold off until at least Halloween IF I get it. Bad enough waiting for things to pop out during Gone Home (which wasn’t a horror but felt like it) don’t need creepy dolls (unless Jonothan Coulton is singing).


July 7th, 12:50 pm

This looks interesting… Could be well worth the asking price of 5 doll hairs!

viceforce said:

July 7th, 1:10 pm

(sigh) but all the guy wanted to do is deliver a pizza…….

Kevin2533 said:

July 7th, 2:03 pm

Oh god NO why do I want to scare myself

rozene123 said:

July 7th, 4:04 pm

Parece um pouco com Resident Evil 7 só que menos assustador.

YorlecmNwahs said:

July 10th, 3:10 am

Those graphics take me back. I miss my N64.

ReiN__ReMakE said:

July 10th, 7:32 am

Can you buy this off the PlayStation store? Or pre order it?

dirtylemons said:

July 10th, 9:30 am

Hard to pass up for $4.99, I think I’ll give it a shot.

    BlongTreyLo said:

    July 10th, 8:05 pm

    haha yeah, it’s cheap so it doesn’t hurt to give it a go! You don’t find much of these horror games at low price, can’t wait

medenko1975 said:

July 10th, 11:32 pm

appx how long is it?

F0x9ThePirate said:

August 2nd, 5:26 am


I was wondering if it was going to come out for ps3.

Thats all i wanted too say and i hope you replly to this comment.

Have a great time.



    F0x9ThePirate said:

    August 2nd, 5:27 am

    And sorry about my spelling mistacks

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