There’s a new game on the horizon for PlayStation 4 players, and no, we’re not talking about Horizon: Zero Dawn, but instead we’re talking about a little-known game called Asemblance.
Asemblance comes from the newly formed independent development studio Nilo Studios, set up by Niles Sankey who previously worked as a Design Lead at Bungie. You’ve probably already had your hands on some of his goodies if you’ve played Halo 3, Halo: Reach or Destiny.
So, what is Asmeblance? Asmeblance is the pilot episode in what the developers hope to become a series of sorts that will follow in the footsteps of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror and Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone.
It’s a psychological thriller that has puzzles elements, too, and it takes inspiration from the likes of Kojima’s PT and The Stanley Parable. That’s not to say it’s just a cut and paste rip-off of the aforementioned games, but it takes the ideas of perceived reality and narrative driven puzzles and presents them to players.
“I was growing tired of AAA development. In my experience, AAA studios are forced to develop with giant audiences in mind, which makes creative experimentation really challenging,” says Sankey.”I wanted to see what could be done with a very small team and a particular vision. Asemblance as a series hopes to tackle the psychological thriller genre through stories of ‘man vs. machine.’ Each episode will be self-contained and driven by simple gameplay, fun but challenging narrative experiences, and sold at a cost that is relative to the player’s time investment. We hope this initial episode sets the stage for a long-run of games under the Asemblance banner.”
The pilot episode is due to release in North American on June 21st and will be available from the PlayStation Network for $9.99. Would-be players in the UK and Europe may have to wait a little longer as the game is still pending certification from the PEGI ratings board. We’ll be keeping an eye out though and will obviously keep you in the loop once we know more.
Nilo Studio Press Release