Hey Xbox fans! We’re excited to announce our next game, The Blackout Club, will be coming to Xbox One! The Blackout Club is a brand new co-operative horror experience, something that unites up to four players against an ever-changing and horrifying evil, set within a small modern town. We think it’s going to add a terrifying twist to your friends’ gaming sessions and will find a new home in your regular rotation.
The Blackout Club tells the story of a group of teenagers who band together after learning they’ve all been waking up in strange places with no recollection of what happened – sometimes for stretches of several days. Recently, a close friend of theirs vanished during one of these blackouts, and the teens can’t get anyone to believe them – not the police, not their teachers, not even their parents. Together they launch their own investigation and discover a terrifying conspiracy right below the surface of their small town. Now they must gather evidence of this monstrous secret and prove its existence to the world.
In The Blackout Club, you shape the experience as you see fit. We’ve drawn as much as possible on our experience making such games, such as the BioShock series, Prey, and Dishonored – but in this game we feel the cooperative element takes it somewhere we’ve always wanted to be. You’ll have a variety of customization options for your characters, including upgradeable powers, to face a whole ecosystem of intelligent threats. With a cooperative focus, we’re also allowing players to coordinate diversions as a team, using shadow and sound to outwit your enemies and capture their crimes on camera. You’ll improvise with devices like drones or deployable traps to ambush the mysterious group of adults that want to drag you away to a terrible fate. Survive long enough, and you’ll gain access to upgradeable powers to turn your enemies’ own tactics against them.
We know that playing scary games with your friends can be a lot of fun, but most horror games are single-player-only. To us, they have an experience that doesn’t feel quite as tense the second or third time you go through it. We don’t want you to have to share the controller, but instead work together to overcome these scary scenarios. In The Blackout Club, each game session is a brand-new adventure with many procedural elements so players never know what is around the next corner. You’ll need to stick together and help each other out if you’re going to make it through the dangerous night and uncover more of the mystery in your small community – and the cause of these teens’ mysterious blackouts.
At its core, The Blackout Club is about vulnerable heroes – teenagers, for whom co-op gameplay is a matter of survival. Friends to the end.