Welsh ghost tale in­spires chill­ing new video game

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A CREEPY tale from Welsh folk­lore is be­ing used as the in­spi­ra­tion for a new hor­ror-themed video game.

The Maid of Sker, a ghost story that in­spired a Vic­to­rian novel, tells the story of a heart­bro­ken woman whose spirit is said to still re­main in an 800-year-old man­sion.

And now in­de­pen­dent Welsh gam­ing com­pany Wales In­ter­ac­tive has re­vealed it will launch a new sur­vival hor­ror game, called Maid of Sker.

It will be com­ing to PC, PlaySta­tion 4, Xbox One and Nin­tendo Switch next year.

The game is based on the haunt­ing story of El­iz­a­beth Wil­liams, and you play as Thomas Evans, a mu­si­cian who is thrust into a ter­ri­fy­ing bat­tle to save the woman he loves.

It’s set in 1898 in and around Sker House – a real build­ing which still stands just out­side Ken­fig in Brid­gend and is said to be one of the most haunted in Bri­tain.

David Ban­ner, co-founder and manag­ing di­rec­tor at Wales In­ter­ac­tive, said: “We are tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from RD Black­more’s 19th­cen­tury novel, The Maid of Sker, and the orig­i­nal Welsh bal­lad, Y Ferch o’r Sger, but telling the story in a truly sin­is­ter way, with mul­ti­ple end­ings that will be dis­cov­ered de­pend­ing on the player’s ac­tions.

“Ex­pect to play a truly ter­ri­fy­ing sur­vival hor­ror that reignites one of the most haunt­ing tales in Wales.”

Maid of Sker fea­tures re­al­is­tic 4k vi­su­als with game­play fo­cused on stealth, ex­plo­ration and no-weapon sur­vival tac­tics, with a 3D sound-based AI sys­tem be­ing the core sur­vival game­play me­chanic.

NICK TREHARNE

Sker House in Porth­cawl is re­puted to be haunted. In­set, how the build­ing looks in the video game

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