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Introducing Downward Spiral: Horus Station, Out This Year on PS4

Explore the lost and forgotten Horus Station in this dark thriller.

Gregory Louden's Avatar Posted by Lead Designer, 3rd Eye Studios

For Downward Spiral: Horus Station, the team and I at 3rd Eye Studios are creating a mysterious and atmospheric zero-gravity thriller set in the lost and forgotten Horus Station. It’s inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey, Twin Peaks, Black Mirror, and There Will be Blood, and it’s coming to PS4, PS4 Pro, and PS VR spring this year.

Mysterious, Interpretive, Cooperative

We’re focused completely on visual storytelling in Downward Spiral. The game features no traditional voiceover, audio diaries, or cinematics like other games. We are creating a story that’s discovered, not told, with environmental queues.

Players will have to piece together the plot through observation and interpretation, as you navigate the derelict space station’s environments, accompanied by the electronic ambient soundtrack composed by platinum selling HIM frontman Ville Valo.

Electronic Ambient Score

Ville Valo, the platinum selling HIM frontman is a friend of 3rd Eye Studios and has created an amazing, electronic, ambient score for the whole experience. It’s very different from what he’s known for — dark, unique, and fantastic. It will help us emphasize our key moments and make our thriller even more intense. We’re going to have a developer diary focused on the music and sound of Horus Station, so stay tuned to know more.

Innovative Player Locomotion in Zero-G

Another exciting thing about Downward Spiral: Horus Station is our control system that rethinks movement in zero-gravity.

Rather than just float, players will have to push themselves off of the environment to propel themselves forward, or use hardware like the hand thruster or grappling magnet to navigate just as you would in deep space.

Engage Threats or Explore

Solving the mystery of the space station will also require the use of the ship’s maintenance tools and hardware — like bolt throwers, thrusters, rail guns, grappling magnet, and arc welders. For players that want to engage, they can take out the threats aboard Horus Station with the tools at hand. For players that only want to explore and solve puzzles there is “Explorer” mode that completely removes combat, leaving a much slower and more explorative version of our experience.

The team at 3rd Eye Studios and I can’t wait to share more with you. For anyone that loves atmospheric, cinematic, and innovative experiences, Horus Station will be out later this year. Get ready to discover Horus Station and the secrets it holds.

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whereymyconary said:

February 7th, 6:56 am

Curious with the There Will be Blood name drop. Very curious. Also will there be some NiN music with that title?

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    Gregory Louden said:

    February 8th, 1:02 am

    There Will Be Blood has been a big reference thematically and for our scoring with Ville Valo. We also feel our story captures some of the same messages present in the film. So when you play I think you’ll see what we mean.

    NIN wise we’re huge fans. We have drawn inspiration from different mediums and sources. There’s certain of underlaying, unsettling tone in the game which you can connect to this classic album. You are alone in the space, floating inside abandoned, unpredictable space station. I believe that both that album and this game has captured something very unique which is hard to point finger on.

drd7of14 said:

February 7th, 7:49 am

Sooooooo…It’s like Lone Echo!? Cause if so, that’s great news.

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    Gregory Louden said:

    February 8th, 1:08 am

    We’re big fans of Lone Echo too. Downward Spiral: Horus Station differs to Lone Echo in a few major ways overall, but in terms of locomotion we’re quite similar, but different in other ways. As you may have noticed we’re not just a VR game, we’ve found a way to bring grab to move / push to float locomotion to gamepads and move controllers too of course. So rather than just float and move as you would on the ground, as other games have done, players will have to push themselves off of the environment to propel themselves forward, or use special Horus Station hardware like the hand thruster or grappling magnet to navigate just as you would in deep space.

    Can’t wait to share more ahead!

SirRealDeal said:

February 7th, 8:27 am

Including an explorer mode is a fantastic idea.

Looking forward to this one.

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    Gregory Louden said:

    February 8th, 1:10 am

    Thanks. It’s definitely a slower experience, but we’ve found it’s still a great experience. It’s even more special when played in online Co-op too and having someone else experience the story with you too is great!

    paulogy said:

    February 8th, 3:47 pm

    I second this. Great idea to have this option!

GregOr1971 said:

February 7th, 9:01 am

Thriller , space station , zero g – great news .Looking forward to this one.

xDD90x said:

February 7th, 10:47 am

Aim Controller support?

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    Gregory Louden said:

    February 8th, 1:14 am

    At this point unfortunately not. You play the experience largely with two one handed items, and Aim Controller is for two handed weapons. For example in Hours usually one item is for traversal like the grappling magnet and then a weapon if you play in Engage mode ( with enemies ). Explorer mode you use traversal and flares largely so doesn’t make sense for that game either.

jonnyzombieboy said:

February 7th, 1:54 pm

“It’s inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey, Twin Peaks, Black Mirror, and There Will be Blood…” Aaaaand it’s also inspired…me to reach for my wallet. Those are four of my favorite things on the planet and I will buy this game day one. Also, not sure if it’s intentional, but Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral is my favorite album of all time, so if that ends up being an inspiration for the game, bonus! (It’s ok if it’s not though; those four movie/tv nods sold me)

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    Gregory Louden said:

    February 8th, 1:16 am

    Answered above. We love NIN’s Downward Spiral too.

priestess_chaos said:

February 7th, 1:56 pm

This sounds absolutely amazing! I can not wait to see the end product. Start saving my pennies now :-)

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Gregory Louden said:

February 8th, 1:00 am

Thanks all for the great feedback. The team and I at 3rd Eye are really excited to bringing Horus Station out this Spring. Keep an eye out for more information ahead :-)

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