Hipster vampires, vegan werewolves and soulful zombies will be making some noise on PlayStation! I’m Stephen Downey from Outsider Games, and I’m really excited to announce that our body-hopping musical adventure, Wailing Heights, is coming to PlayStation 4.
Our game takes place in a town with its own unique soundtrack of pop, rock and soulful songs, tightly harmonised with point-and-click inspired gameplay. We’ve brought on a team of indie bands, singers and musicians, led by producer James Downey, to create a coffin-rocking soundtrack that I promise you’ll be humming for days.
As you can see from our screenshots, we’re very much comic-book inspired, and Wailing Heights features gorgeous character designs from some of the medium’s greatest artists, including Glenn Fabry (Preacher), John McCrea (Batman) and P.J. Holden (Judge Dredd), and brought to life by game artist extraordinaire John McFarlane. I even pitched in with a few backgrounds myself.
Of course, every adventure game needs a great script, and we’re very grateful to have Italic Pig’s Kevin Beimers on board to create our story. If you picked up Schrodinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark, or Hector: Badge of Carnage, you’ll know Kevin has a reputation for memorable characters and laugh-out-loud dialogue.
You start the game playing as Frances Finklestein, the one-time manager of the all-time greatest rock band that Great Britain ever produced: The Deadbeats. After being invited to a gig in a town no one’s ever heard of, Frances is trapped in a holding cell, charged with the crime of… being alive! A mysterious cellmate teaches you the power of possession. You learn to “body-hop”, leaving your corpse in the holding cell and jumping from ghost to vampire to werewolf to zombie. Each creature’s skills and abilities bring you one step closer to getting your body out of lock-up and getting the hell out of Wailing Heights. But of course, it’s never that easy…
As you jump from one musical monster to another, familiar sounds and faces start up show up. The Deadbeats have returned as the undead, and they want to get the band back together.