The Light Keeps Us Safe
Mister blue sky is living here today, hey hey
No sky, just killer robots that hunt in the darkness. It doesn’t sound like a jolly videogame pitch, but perhaps it’s not meant to. Developer Big Robot has previous in this area, having released Sir, You Are Being Hunted four years ago. In that game, aggressive British robots hunted humans through a procedurally generated countryside before stopping for tea. The Light is similarly unravelled from a mathematical formula, rather than having a set map, but whereas Sir had the murky grey skies you associate with a weekend in Bognor, The Light covers everything in darkness.
It’s a stealth and survival game, but one that cleverly inverts the way we’re used to being unseen, by making the first-person player run from pool of light to pool of light, rather than sticking safely to the shadows.
The robots, whose designs echo the spindly walkers of the Dishonored games, don’t like light, which perhaps explains the sky – it was an attack on the solar-powered machines of the Matrix movies, for example, that forever blackened the sky there.
To go up against the metal threat you have… a torch. Its modular nature makes it more of a toolbox, however, with modifications to its light necessary to uncover new areas or hidden items.
Having just gone into Early Access, there’s a fair way to go, and we hope the devs can stay out of the darkness long enough to get it done.
We may never find out what these spheres are actually doing, but we bet our torch won’t even scratch them. Format PC Publisher Big Robot Developer Big Robot ETA TBC