We Bound to Coldharbour is a survival horror mystery inspired by HP Lovecraft and English folklore, and presented as a retro horror game from the PS1 era, taking inspiration mostly from Silent Hill. It takes place in the small town of Coldharbour, somewhere on the English coast.
While the game has its roots in survival horror it is much closer to a detective mystery, taking the player through an isolated and decaying town that is not how it first appears. The player must speak to locals, find notes and clues, solve puzzles, and sneak into places they shouldn’t go - all to uncover the mystery of the town. Some pointers:
- Set in an English seaside town, far away from the usual Lovecraft locales
- Beautifully rendered in wonky PS1-era graphics
- Madness system that changes game content, environments, and sound design based on how the player is approaching the story
- A low-key approach to horror that aims to unnerve the player, not rely on jumpscares
The game’s visual aim is to be PS1-esque, rather than strictly adhering to PS1 standards. It should be beautiful in it’s own right.
I’ve recently resurrected this project after a hiatus and attempt to make a prototype in Unity. This is still pre-production although there is a full design document with technical notes.
My role is as creative lead and artist, and based in the United Kingdom. Although I am making steps to learn Blueprints and ultimately C++, I’m looking to collaborate with programmer(s) who are enthusiastic about this kind of project. I would rather work with someone moderately experienced, who has at least put together working gameplay systems within Unreal, either C++ or Blueprints.
And yes, this is a revenue share project. If we are able to produce a compelling demo then I’m confident a modest Kickstarter could be successful; but the immediate goal is to produce a 20-30 minute gameplay demo that takes place in an isolated area of the town.
If the project sounds like something you want to be involved with and you want to discuss it further, please get in touch! My Discord is DaveFace#6850.