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Hands-on with Daylight on PS4: Broadcasting your horror

How the PS4 survival horror will use livestreams to heighten the tension

The meek shine of a cell phone light provides precious little comfort in the dark halls of an abandoned hospital. Its glow throws menacing shadows across every wall and beneath long-abandoned wheelchairs. Creaking steps and whispers flutter down the passage, and the promise of a scare is never far off. But Daylight, which launches on PS4 this April, offers a different take on the classic genre. And with the developers at Zombie Studios taking a keen interest in streaming tech, the horror of playing alone could actually be a shared experience.

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Crafted by a small team at Zombie, Daylight follows the frightened footsteps of Sarah Gwynn as she works her way through a series of haunting environs. While many horror games rely on finely tuned scares specific to the moment, Daylight uses procedurally generated play to keep every moment fresh. Levels and scares change for each player, meaning that no two sessions will be identical. And no player will know exactly when that foreboding whisper will turn into a howling spectre hungry for Sarah’s life.

In Daylight, players have no weapons – only flares to fend off the supernatural powers at work in the hospital. Sarah’s only hope is escape. Not fighting for her life, but running for it. And Daylight involves a lot of breathless running, as players guide Sarah through the labyrinthine corridors and thick forests in hope of finding a way home. Collecting items (often in the form of creepy notes) will progress the story forward, and inch players one step closer to the end.

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But the team at Zombie has other plans for Daylight. Streaming has been a huge boon to the PS4 community, and the devs want Daylight to have an involved relationship with livestreams. The hope is to allow viewers to control the actual scares in a streamer’s experience, providing a much more interactive dynamic between player and audience. This new form of communal play has been showered with attention recently thanks to the Twitch community streaming a classic RPG as a group.

With harrowing sound effects, random scares, and even 3D support (offering an incredible degree of depth), Daylight is already damn scary. And there’s nothing more horrifying than giving the internet the ability to frighten you, too.

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LordRastan 20 February, 2014 @ 2:02 pm   1

Sorry for being so rude… but… isn’t it time to say about new IGC games for march?

thanks for your answer…

 
supersmith2500 20 February, 2014 @ 2:11 pm   2

@LordRastan
I recently tweeted Fred on Twitter and he said next week. I mean seriously,

 

@supersmith2500
What is wrong with that answer?

OnTopic:
Really looking foward to this game, has some of the same elements as outlast which I liked alot.

 

This is going to be awesome. :)

 
Lunastra78 20 February, 2014 @ 2:42 pm   5

Procedurally generated horror sounds like music to my ears – hope they manage to pull it off well.

IGC (in all probability) Dead Nation (PS4) Tomb Raider, Brothers (PS3) Pixeljunk Monsters, Smart As (Vita).

 

I do hope Fred meant announcement and available next week, else it ll be waiting a week longer again and it would already be March by then.

 
KaneTheGoth 20 February, 2014 @ 2:53 pm   7

This game looks great, I’ve always enjoyed the extra dynamic when games add a livestream or real life aspect to them, will keep my eye on this one!

Disappointing to see that the Plus announcement is delayed til next week though. Moreso that the announcement may have been released elsewhere anyway.

 
LordRastan 20 February, 2014 @ 3:00 pm   8

ufff. next week, I was hoping for knowing for sure the games before spending my money on februrary sales… I already heard the rumours, and It seems this month it’s not for me (vita wise) but I’ve just bought Metal Gear Collection, and still pending Dynasty Warriors and Soul Sacrifice, and planning to buy hotline miami, spelunky and maybe another one… (gunslugs…?)

so I think I could make it through march…

One suggesttion:

Since Sly trilogy is coming on April, maybe it’ll be a good idea to add Sly4 to April’s IGC on Vita.

So we could be playing the entire series from beginning to end…

damm you sony, I though I’ll have enough with plus, but with your monthly deals you always sucess on getting my money ;-)

 
woestijnkroket 20 February, 2014 @ 3:30 pm   9

Fred is really slacking lately.

    Fred Dutton 20 February, 2014 @ 4:22 pm    

    Hold tight, we’ll have Plus news for you next week. Likely Thursday.

    In the meantime, let’s stay on topic please!

 

Can’t wait for this game, looks great! I want Daylight more than Dyling Light (that similar name must suck for you guys huh)! When it coming out!?

 

Can’t wait for this game, looks great! I want Daylight more than Dyling Light (that similar name must suck for you guys huh)! When it coming out!? LOOOOVED Condenmed!

 
vonhammer 20 February, 2014 @ 4:05 pm   12

‘Levels and scares change for each player, meaning that no two sessions will be identical’

This is why I’ve high hopes for this game. The retreading of areas in horror games kill the atmosphere and the tension that they try so hard to build.

Funny you mention streaming. After E3 I posted on here it would be cool if we seen the viewers messages on the phone as texts. After using the broadcast system it’d still work but wouldn’t add anything.

After seeing Tomb Raiders interactive options I’ve got better ideas now. It all depends if it can be context sensitive.

I can see a future wrestling game were the viewers control the ingame crowd responses to a players wrestling style. You’d decide the heel/baby face during the match, warn the ref of a weapon.

Another would be a hack and slash were viewers decide on the mobs that spawn, or the paths the player must take.

One I really like is a potential betting system in a racing game.Because you need to be signed in I’m guessing it’s possible to tie a bet outcome to your PSN account. This way you could watch a live stream o a GT7 race, bet your in game credits on a racer, and receive the winnings the next time you boot up the game.

 
vonhammer 20 February, 2014 @ 4:08 pm   13

These sort of interaction options have the potential to be huge, and hopefully devs really think outside the box with them

 
liammcmullen92 20 February, 2014 @ 4:13 pm   14

This looks quite promising, its been quite a while since I played a horror game that really scared me, also, BEYOND!

 

Are the rumored Pixeljunk Monsters and Smart as games for vita any good ? or are they more like mini games.

 

Also i just bought a ps4 why does a 400 euros console have no option to use youtube or media server ?

 
SpiderMike_X 20 February, 2014 @ 5:18 pm   17

Because it’s a GAMES console. If you want media then you have the PS3. PS4is an addition, not a replacement. If you need YT THAT badly then use youtube.com/tv as it’s the same experience as the PS3 app.

On topic, looking forward to this. Should have more life than Outlast.

 

@SpiderMike_X

And ps3 wasnt a “GAMES console” and yet magicaly it can play youtube and media server just fine i would expect from an updated version of the console to be able to do at least that, u know i dont use my ps3 or vita just to play games. and that “youtube.com/tv” doesnt work.

 

@Fred: If announcement is thursday it would also mean we still got 2 weeks of waiting before they available. Whats the reason we need to wait longer? Or has the rotation silently been changed so we get even less content on a yearly base? EU already gets 12 PS3 games less compared to the US, we pay more, we get lower discounts, we are being promised stuff that simply doesnt happen ( yearly vita titles, games on sale wont go into Plus the next few months, Metacritic score and so much more ) . And if the Blog team would actually answer any relevant questions maybe people would stay on-topic in other Blog posts, but you rather choose to ignore annoying questions. Would be nice to see none of the staff when theres good news to share, cause you sure have time to be all over the Blog when that happens.

 
Alphaembryo 20 February, 2014 @ 5:56 pm   20

WizzNL posted:

”@Fred: If announcement is thursday it would also mean we still got 2 weeks of waiting before they available. Whats the reason we need to wait longer? Or has the rotation silently been changed so we get even less content on a yearly base? EU already gets 12 PS3 games less compared to the US, we pay more, we get lower discounts, we are being promised stuff that simply doesnt happen ( yearly vita titles, games on sale wont go into Plus the next few months, Metacritic score and so much more ) . And if the Blog team would actually answer any relevant questions maybe people would stay on-topic in other Blog posts, but you rather choose to ignore annoying questions. Would be nice to see none of the staff when theres good news to share, cause you sure have time to be all over the Blog when that happens.”

Could have not described the situation any better.

 
Tramain1987 20 February, 2014 @ 6:03 pm   21

nicely written Ryan, should be a great title.

 

BEYOND!

 

Hi Ryan! Beyond!

 
SpiderMike_X 20 February, 2014 @ 7:22 pm   24

Then yours is the only PS4 that youtube.com/tv doesn’t work on.

The PS3 is a multimedia hub and was manufactured and marketed as such, with media and DLNA being functional at launch – ergo it IS, by default, a multimedia device, and seeing as Sony stated MANY times that the PS4 wouldn’t be equipped with DLNA support, anyone that paid whatever financial sum in order to utilise DLNA, despite Sony saying otherwise, is a bit of a fool and has only themselves to blame.

The PS4 is a social gaming device that will have multimedia support added to it, later on, but this gen Sony’s focus is gaming, interactive sharing and social integration. Everyone smart enough to want media kept their PS3′s as, again, the PS4 isn’t a replacement.

Next you’ll be whining about the lack of MP3 and CD support. Welcome to 2014, kid.

 
SpiderMike_X 20 February, 2014 @ 7:25 pm   25

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YouTube TV running full screen on the PS4.

atlusprime 20 February, 2014 @ 8:28 pm   26

Sorry for the comment reply again!

@ThugETH – April 8, €14.99/£11.99, and yes. yes it does.

 

Wow so soon! Day 1 for me PS4 and Vita are on FIRE!

 
Oatestwder 21 February, 2014 @ 6:40 am   28

Beyond! loved your return to the podcast for an ep Ryan! Thanks for the nice preview as well!

 
AaronP_94 21 February, 2014 @ 7:53 am   29

BEYOND!!!!

 
TheWulffmann 21 February, 2014 @ 12:12 pm   30

WizzNL posted a rather lengthy comment to @fred about his view on the whole PS+ situation for EU. And I personally agree with what he has pointed out. In the beginning we (EU) were getting better games than our other counterparts, so it is good that they are finally getting critically good games too so they can enjoy what we know; that PS+ is a good service.

But that you are providing a good service to us, does not excuse the sudden cut of a game title or the neglect of a change-up in the yearly Vita titles – especially as this is happening without any type of explanation to us.

Now the logical explanation behind the lack of discounts lies more with the publishers than you (or so I hope, as I expect you are constantly trying to get us paying costumers the best possible deals.) But that does not explain away the rest.

Please take your time to actually answer our questions! We are frustrated and that frustration can quickly turn into anger and a sense of betrayal.

 
Last-Crusaider 21 February, 2014 @ 4:50 pm   31

Reinforcing what WizzNL said, this situation with PS+ for EU is rather ridiculous, we’re paying for a service that get’s constantly changed without any notification and nobody even bothers to answer questions. I know you can change it anyway you want, but it would be nice to notify your customers about it.

 
Mysterion_86 21 February, 2014 @ 5:44 pm   32

This game really went under my radar, untill recently…

I loved Outlast, but I miss some replayability in it… Though it’s incredibly funny to let others play it, knowing when they’re going to poop a little…

I need more horror! And this might do the trick :)

 
ManjiNinja 23 February, 2014 @ 11:28 pm   33

This sounds great! The main problem with the horror genre is that most games have scripted scares.There’s some innovative thinking here, & I’m very pleased to hear that it will be playable in 3D.