maid of sker
Beware. A tale of forbidden love holds unimaginable horrors at Sker House
“You’ll need to rely on cunning and stealth to survive what awaits you” Elizabeth Williams is said to have died of a broken heart while locked inside one of the rooms of Sker House
A building constructed by monks to praise their god, dating back 900 years, and a story of two star-crossed lovers sounds like the perfect breeding ground for a first-person survival horror game. Wales Interactive will be delving deep into its local history for its latest title, Maid Of Sker.
Taking inspiration from the 19th century novel of the same name by RD Blackmore, and the Welsh folk song, which also shares the name, by Thomas Evans, Wales Interactive will be crafting its own story which promises to be a “truly terrifying survival horror that reignites one of the more haunting tales in Wales”.
Set in 1898, the story will take place in and around the remote hotel of Sker House, which is a fictional recreation of the real-life Sker House, a residence which still stands today and one that many believe to be haunted. You’ll take on the role of musician Thomas Evans, who arrives at the house in order to save the woman he loves, Elizabeth Williams.
Like many of the best horror games of late you’ll have no weapons at hand to defend yourself. Instead you’ll need to rely on cunning and stealth to survive what awaits you. A 3D soundbased AI will be implemented within the core of gameplay and you’ll need to explore this spooky locale using items that you find to distract and trap the many enemies that are looking to off you. However, as you progress through the game this will become increasingly difficult and all you’ll be left to do is hold your breath while the enemy passes.
The game’s story will be non-linear and will feature a branching narrative which leads to at least three different endings. So all of your decisions and actions matter and will impact how the story unfolds.
The suitably haunting announcement trailer, which is narrated with an alternative and chilling rendition of Evans’ ballad, gives us a short glimpse of the studio’s intent. It also shows the game’s visual aesthetic.
Wales Interactive has previous when it comes to making horror games: it developed an adaptation for the horror film Don’t Knock Twice, which similarly had you exploring a grand manor house with an evil presence. We can only imagine the developers learned a great deal about what works and what doesn’t in terms of ‘bring on the scares’.
The most exciting thing about this title is its ties to real people and the events that are believed to have occurred. How they will tie in all of its inspirations, given that they differ greatly, will be anyone’s guess, but we certainly look forward to finding out.
Below It might look picturesque but whatever lies beyond that threshold is sure to frighten.