For those of you who are fans of the atmospheric horror genre, the newest game on the horizon from Storm in a Tea Cup may be a feast for your soul. Close to the Sun is described as a game whose atmosphere and messages lend to the overall horror experience. It’s an alternate history setting that seems to be straight out of the works of Ayn Rand, following the Nikola Tesla vision.
The atmosphere itself evokes fear, as the steampunk setting of Helios allows for creative architecture and set pieces. The game also takes inspiration from games like; Outlast, Layers of Fear, Firewatch, and Soma. The developers have seen how people may compare it to Bioshock, but they offer assurances that it is something different. The influence of Outlast Is clear as the main character you play as is a journalist. How much of the game is influenced by others of its ilk has yet to be seen.
Starting on May 2nd it will be available on PC exclusively from the Epic Games store, with console releases anticipated for later this year. The minimum and recommended specs for PC are not currently known.