We’ve all seen the phenomenon that has been Twitch Plays Pokémon over the last week or so, with players commenting commands en masse to control the game. And now that developers are working out how to use this functionality, they’re beginning to do even more interesting things with it.
Daylight, an upcoming horror game which is just perfect for streaming, will use Twitch chat to cue game events, which in turn will scare the player. They aren’t telling everyone what the commands will be – to make it a bit more fun finding them out – but, as an example, they said typing “Meow” could make the sound of a cat play in game, catching the player off guard.
They’ll be on timers, to prevent people spamming them, and there’s a heavy focus on experimentation to find all of the commands. We’re not sure they’ll do anything other than make noises, but it’s certainly an interesting approach.
Daylight is a proper horror game, much like Outlast in that you won’t be able to fight enemies directly. Instead, you’ll have to escape or use your flares. Unlike Outlast however, you won’t get the same experience twice, as it features procedurally generated scares.
It will also be fully 3D compatible: “Catching an overhead light flicker down an incredibly long corridor is one of the more chilling 3D applications…until you come across a spirit, that is” says the developer, and they also tease that it will be coming to VR headsets in the future.
Daylight will be scaring players willing to pay the asking price of £11.99 from April 8th on Steam and on the PlayStation Store.