Konami’s unceremonious cancellation of Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro’s Silent Hills project and complete removal of P.T. angered a lot of players, but it inspired some, as well. Indie outfit Lilith, comprised of just six developers, has taken it upon itself to carry the torch from where P.T. left off with its own project, Allison Road, which has finally seen proper gameplay footage released.
In the footage, which Lilith assures is not actually from the game itself but a small slice to demonstrate the mechanics and style without spoiling the story, a man wakes up in a house and begins to wander around. As he does, like with P.T., events start to shift, malevolent presences awaken, and ultimately, the protagonist comes under attack.
It certainly looks a whole lot like P.T. and Lilith is clearly on the right track, but it’s still missing that Kojima flavor that made the former game so damn interesting. At present, Allison Road (or the unrelated slice in the same style) definitely looks tense and unnerving, but it still has a long way to go before it can hook players the same way P.T. did. There was much more to that game than beautiful (and subsequently grotesque) renderings of the mundane, slow walking, and an evil radio man. P.T. had style and mystery. It contrasted the mundane with the supernatural. It had a vision.
Of course, it’s far too early to say anything definitive about Lilith’s work here other than it’s promising. Hopefully we’ll see more of it soon.