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DreadOut - Indie Southeast Asian Horror Comes to the PC

In case you’ve forgotten what it’s like to lean as far back as possible from your monitor and turn down the volume and switch on all the lights in the room, I bring glorious and terrible news. There’s a new horror game in the works, and as we are in the midst of a macabre winning streak that includes the likes of Slender: The Arrival, A Machine for Pigs, Routine, and The Cat Lady, I’m glad that with horror, much like with jello, there’s always room for a little more.

DreadOut is a survival horror PC game from Bandung-based Indonesian developer Digital Happiness, and while it’s news in itself that a Southeast Asian developer is once again taking a crack at making a full-fledged game, it’s compounded even further by the fact that this is turning out to be a proper scare-fest of a calibre that seemingly only the indies can produce nowadays. The game is currently up for funding on indiegogo, and as of this writing, the project has gotten $3,000 worth of pledges out of a $25,000 goal. There’s still 41 days to go, so we remain hopeful that the team will raise the necessary funds. Links to download the game demo are also available on the indiegogo page.

The title is set in Indonesia, and is heavily influenced by the brand of Asian-flavored survival horror popularized by the Fatal Frame series. The plot is comfortably set up like a horror movie -- group of high school students go on a trip, stumble across a creepy locale, rile up the sinister powers that occupy the place, and get themselves into a huge, messy, and terrifying pile of trouble. It’s up to Linda, who may or may not be our Final Girl of the story, to use her smartphone, digital camera, and video camera in clever ways to fight back.

Or at least survive long enough to get everybody else out alive. Right?

The game is shaping up to be a contender. The graphics are good if not great, and the content is brimming with the potential of a never-before-touched culture in gaming. The gameplay seems to be a bit derivative, but in an homage sort of way. The overall concept is believable and not forced. On top of all that, DreadOut is certainly worth a look because it comes from a Southeast Asian developer. We are very excited for this project.

OMGeek has reached out to the dev team and we’ll be publishing an interview on Wednesday! In the meantime, here’s a rundown of the game’s offerings from its indiegogo page:

DreadOut is 3D adventure horror game within an authentic local Indonesian setting.

  • Explore the mystical world of a cursed city from a 3rd person perspective.
  • Come face to face with your worst nightmares; terrifying authentic Indonesian ghosts like Tuyul, Pocong, Kunti, etc.
  • Share your ghost photographs through our online integration via facebook.
  • Experience an original and thrilling storyline.
  • Enjoy diverse gameplay elements as you explore the world.

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