Excited to announce that I’m making a REAL-TIME, live-action HORROR video game w/ creature design by @slimyswampghost & made by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop!
— Jed (@Jedshepherd) April 7, 2021
As for how the game works, players take on the role of a TV producer for a failing cable channel, FrighTV. Ghosts is the channel’s flagship show, a re-branded version of a popular show where viewers used to watch ghost hunters explore haunted locations. It seems like you’ll be watching (and calling the shots on) this new version of the show and following the cast as they are haunted by an antagonistic force called The Long Lady.
Designed to be playable only at 10pm in your local timezone each night, the game will star cast members from pandemic horror hit Host, including Haley Bishop, Radina Drandova, Jemma Moore, Caroline Ward and Emma Louise Webb. They’re investigating a street reportedly haunted by the Long Lady.
While details are scarce, it seems you’ll be making decisions for them as they search the area. No “floating words or glowing doors” will be presented to guide you, meaning you’re seemingly playing the game through the eyes of the camera only. “There are consequences for all of your choices though,” reads the press release. “Playing it safe is not always the best option!”As mentioned in the video above, if players turn the game off at any point, they lose, and the cast will die in “really horrible ways”. If players load up the game before 10pm they will be met with a classic test card. “If you can crack the ‘test’ you will have access to an unlockable pre-watershed version where you can breathe and save your progress, but once you hit 10pm all bets are off,” the press release reads.
Creature design for Ghosts is being handled by Trevor Henderson, the creator of Siren Head. The feared (and as-yet unseen) “Long Lady” will also be fabricated by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
FMV games have made something of a comeback in recent years, with the likes of The Complex and Erica taking on sci-fi and mystery stories respectively. Horror is where the genre previously saw it most notable games in the ’90s heyday, and Ghosts is clearly looking to bring back classic live-action scares.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.