Introversion Software, the studio behind the hit simulator Prison Architect have made a surprise announcement, revealing that their latest game is releasing today. Scanner Sombre is an obvious departure from their past games and sees players dropped into a network of dark caves using a specialized tool.
Having to navigate the world around you using a LIDAR scanner that essentially paints the world in an infinite number of tiny particles, your aim is to escape the pitch black caves. It has been designed to be completed in a single play session, making it a less time consuming title when compared to their previous games. The game originally began life as a prototype last year but has been developed into a full release .
Speaking in an interview with PC Gamer, lead designer Chris Delay and producer Mark Morris explained why they had chosen to go in a completely different direction with their latest game. They also reveal that the idea for the game came before Prison Architect and that the inspiration came from an unlikely source – a music video by Radiohead.
“I’m really quite glad we picked this one. I think because it’s such a different game to Prison Architect as well,” explained Chris. “It’s completely the opposite end of the spectrum to Prison Architect, and it’s a real breath of fresh air, you know?”
“But at the same time it’s also way out of our normal comfort zone. We’ve never really done a first-person game before, we’ve never done a game where you’re walking around a 3D environment, exploring it. We’ve never really done anything like this game internally, so it’s all been quite new and I think that’s been really good.”
Scanner Sombre is available right now on Windows and can be purchased via Steam, the Humble Store, and GOG for $11.99.