Horror Game ‘Araya’ Receives First Chilling Gameplay Trailer


First we had Friday the 13th, then we heard about Dead by Daylight, and now we have another horror game to salivate over for 2016 – Araya. The game is currently set for PC (and virtual reality via Oculus Rift) taking place in an abandoned Thai hospital while hoping to piece together the murder of Araya, and some strange occurrences begin to commence. The game was announced with a teaser trailer (included below) and I highly recommend you take the time to watch it with your speakers cranked up to maximize the necessary horror effect! The Steam website describes the game by explaining: “Araya is a first person adventure/horror game designed for use with Virtual Reality headsets. Explore and interact with the environment to survive the horrors and dangers that will undoubtedly come your way.”

Not much else is known at this point of development, but the integration of horror and virtual reality is the most innovative attempt at creating an authentic horror gaming experience. Sure, Oculus Rift may be nearly $500, so in the mean time online gaming will do – but who wouldn’t want to get the full on scares of Araya in the most realistic way possible! Watch the trailer for Araya below and let us know what you think in the comments!



What We Know About 10 Cloverfield Lane So Far (Theories And Speculation)

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10 Cloverfield Lane is approaching us quickly, but the film is already providing some of what made the first film so memorable – an iconic marketing scheme. The 2008 film added various websites and blogs dedicated to providing tidbits of information regarding the monster-flick such as Slusho, the Japanese slushy company that had ties to the ocean and ingredients that set the company up as a mysterious faction of the Cloverfield story. When it originally occurred, I was enamored by the eerie and unique tie-ins, and having the opportunity to enter research mode once again has brought happiness to my fanboy heart. In the original Cloverfield viral marketing campaign we learned that Slusho was in partnership with Tagurato, who at the time was deep-sea drilling and at the very least discovered the secret Slusho ingredient.

The website for the partner company of Slusho (Tagurato) who also claims to be involved in medical experiments and studies – was recently discovered to have an updated hidden page that includes employees of the month (first found by a Cloverfield Redditor) and lists Howard Stambler, a telemetary analyst for a sub-company named Bold Futura. What ensures the connection is that the man is also revealed to be John Goodman’s character in the Cloverfield spinoff/sequel film. Stambler’s information reads: “Howard will celebrate his seven-year anniversary with Bold Futura in the fall. This month, Howard’s drive, commitment and refusal to accept easy answers resulted in a significant breakthrough diagnosing transmission complications with two of our governmental clients’ orbiting satellites”

As some of you may remember, the end of Cloverfield included a brief shot of something falling into the ocean – later suggested to be a satellite involved with the Tagurato company. Many who have continued to research the marketing tactics of the franchise believe the satellite woke the Cloverfield creature from its slumber, and the mysterious company discovered something they weren’t prepared for. This was also hinted at with Slusho’s “seabed nectar” that will “make your belly pop” which was an occurrence from the bite of the smaller creatures in Cloverfield. If anything this adds more confirmation of a deep connection to the original film, with one of the three characters being confirmed as a Tagurato employee. The only thing we know about the plot of 10 Cloverfield Lane so far is that Goodman’s character hopes to contain himself and two others in a bomb shelter like structure, in fear of what resides outside. With his company associations and satellite knowledge, it’s highly plausible that he knows exactly what is going on and Stambler could play a major role to shed light on the Cloverfield mythology.

In his employee of the month photo, the character of Stambler is wearing a Radioman ’70 shirt, and usually you wouldn’t need to focus on these random inclusions, but with Cloverfield every detail requires an analytical approach. If you search Radioman70.com, you will be re-directed to a website called “Fun and Pretty Things.” At first glance it isn’t much, but the first sign that it is a Cloverfield tie-in is the Eiffel tower image (the Eiffel Tower is shown as art and clothing repeatedly in the 10 Cloverfield Lane trailer.) The only clickable link on the page is a screenshot from the film Pretty in Pink, which pulls up a box requiring a pass code. If you go back to find the scene from Pretty in Pink, you will discover that she receives a message stating “do you want to talk?” which turns out to be the passphrase. The next uncovered message is a letter from a father to his daughter, after being kept away because of his ex-wife. The letter (a second was recently updated) is visibly written in code, mentioning discovering something while in the Navy, and referencing a bunker built for protection that could be the location of 10 Cloverfield Lane – or a mislead to avoid government interference. At the end of the letters lies a chat box asking “are you megan?” and when selecting yes, it asks a security question about her 13th birthday present. This is where we’ve hit a temporary roadblock, as no one has quite discovered the next answer – but we continue to evaluate clues from the websites and trailer until a new development is made. In the mean-time, the recent Super Bowl ad for 10 Cloverfield Lane adds to the theory that the $5 million budget was a smokescreen to hide the potential of the original film’s “blood relative.” A final shot shows Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s character escaping, only to freeze in front of a glowing light and an intimidating road. J.J. Abrams team has not only shocked us with a film tied to the 2008 found-footage movie, but resurrected the brilliant marketing methods that helped make the film an undeniable creative powerhouse. I think I can speak for the rabid fanbase by stating these crossover notions about the first film and 10 Cloverfield Lane are exactly what we had hoped for… but I’m still crossing my fingers for a glimpse at the survivors of the NYC events in Cloverfield! 10 Cloverfield Lanehits theaters March 11th – but watch out for more Cloverfield coverage and speculation as we get closer to the release date! 

Horror Game ‘Dead By Daylight’ Announced

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2016 is turning out to be a strong year for the slasher/survival genre video games!

After learning that a Friday the 13th video game was in active development, we now have learned that we can expect yet another slasher style survival game (with a twist) titled Dead by Daylight. The game will pit players against an unknown entity attacking them, with mystery shrouding the entire plot – an effective horror element from the premise. The game will showcase a variety of creatures to face, keeping players on their toes to determine proper survival methods. Dead by Daylight is being developed by Behaviour Interactive Inc. with Starbreeze Studios serving as publishers to the Steam-powered game. Slasher stylized games don’t come along often, so when one with an intriguing setup and a multiplayer function (similarly to a horror film’s victims/survivors) it’s worthy of gaining some attention. The website for Dead by Daylight provides “key features” that can be expected from the game that include:

-As a Survivor go in alone or team up with friends to face an unknown threat. Use equipment at hand, unlocked abilities and environmental objects to outwit the monster and escape from his killing ground. 

-Sent into a procedurally generated world, you’ll never know what to expect, what you’re facing and how to get away. You will have to make stressful choices under desperate circumstances. Every decision impacts your chances of survival. 

-Killers come from all horror genres, from brutal slashers to terrifying paranormal entities. Master these monster’s unique powers and exploit the knowledge of your “home” to track, hunt down, break and sacrifice your victims before they get a chance to run to safety. 

-The asymmetry, procedural factors and unique thinking of human individuals make each Dead by Daylight match an unexpected scenario where the combined behavior of each player creates a truly terrifying and thrilling narrative. 

Dead by Daylight characters have deep progressions and unlockables which can be customized into your own personal strategy. Use your experience, skills and loadout to climb up the competitive ladder and you might eventually discover the truth beyond the fog.

The idea that the game has an adaptability feature is a brilliant way to make players yearn for more horror thrills, so you can practically guarantee this is a video game worth waiting for – and maybe if we’re lucky it’ll get a console release? Keep up with PopWrapped for more on Dead by Daylight!