Latest in Gaming

Image credit: Ninja Theory / Microsoft

‘Project: Mara’ is Ninja Theory's new psychological horror game

The game will feature one character in one setting, according to the studio.
106 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Ninja Theory / Microsoft

Microsoft's Ninja Theory is developing an experimental new game called Project: Mara that it says will explore "new ways of storytelling" through "a grounded representation of mental terror." We don't know when you'll be able to play Project: Mara, but the title will share at least two similarities with the studio's 2017 breakout, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. First, Ninja Theory says a small team is developing Project: Mara. Second, the game will feature mental illness as a significant aspect of its design, with the studio planning to incorporate "real lived experience accounts and in-depth research" throughout the development process.

The developer shared a short teaser that shows a few seconds of gameplay footage. Toward the end of the 42-second clip, we see an extreme close of a female character, presumably the eponymous Mara. As the camera pans to her side, we catch a glimpse of what seems like another character. In its other shots, the teaser is most reminiscent of the action and atmosphere of P.T. In fact, it seems Project: Mara will use the same minimalist approach as Hideo Kojima's short-lived masterpiece. In a developer diary, Tameem Antoniades, the studio's co-founder, said Project: Mara will feature one character in one location.

With Project: Mara, Ninja Theory is now officially working on four separate projects. In addition to a sequel to Senua's Sacrifice, it's developing a 4v4 team-based melee combat game called Bleeding Edge. Last year, it also announced Project Insight, an initiative the studio says aims to help gamers recognize and control their anxieties. Typically, four different projects at the same time would probably tax a studio to its limit, but it seems Ninja Theory's new small teams approach is letting it explore interesting concepts sustainably. We'll likely learn more about Project: Mara over the next couple of months.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
106 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Google fully explains why its apps aren't on new Huawei phones

Google fully explains why its apps aren't on new Huawei phones

View
WSJ: Comcast's NBCUniversal is in advanced talks to acquire Vudu

WSJ: Comcast's NBCUniversal is in advanced talks to acquire Vudu

View
'Friends' cast is locked in for a reunion special to launch HBO Max

'Friends' cast is locked in for a reunion special to launch HBO Max

View
Google search is showing invitations to private WhatsApp groups

Google search is showing invitations to private WhatsApp groups

View
The Hot Wheels RC Cybertruck is a mini Tesla for $400

The Hot Wheels RC Cybertruck is a mini Tesla for $400

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr