Blackpowder Games, composed of former Monolith developers who worked on No One Lives Forever and the original FEAR, has announced a new "eerie and atmospheric first-person action adventure game," Betrayer. The game takes place in 1604, where the player has arrived in the New World, hoping to contribute to an English colony on the coast of Virginia. Betrayer seems to pull a page from colonial history, however, and it appears that some evil has befallen the colony, as the player encounters "only ghosts and mysteries in a land drained of color and life."
The player's job is explore the wilderness, search for survivors and solve these mysteries. Aiding in this quest are period weapons like muskets, throwing axes and crossbows. Along the way, players will also meet a silent woman in red who, presumably, just wants to dance cheek to cheek.
Betrayer is Blackpowder's first project, a self-funded effort. Creative director Craig Hubbard says the game is an attempt to create games "more intuitively," noting "[t]here's a sense of discovery and excitement when you navigate by instinct rather than market research and open yourself up to opportunities that arise during development."
The game will be available via Steam Early Access on August 14.