Get your stinking SJW out of my lawn!
But before you go, let me clarify what we’re doing here: as the last two posts pointed out, this is not such a drastic change, it’s mostly a new direction we’re taking for the presentation of the game, and mostly promo materials at that. When I say “rebranding”, I mean redoing our logo and how we communicate the game to people – so far it’s been resonating pretty well, as the new style goes straight to the point: Asylum has been hugely inspired by horror movies of yore, and we’re openly exploiting that.
Fans of Scratches shouldn’t worry, because Scratches has also been very open about its influences: Lovecraft, Hammer Films, Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, etc.
This doesn’t mean Asylum doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but if you played Scratches, you should already know that your expectations will be subverted (for the better) at some point in the game
If you fear Asylum is going cartoon-ish after this decision, I think I can see where you’re coming from, but let me assure you that is not the case. I’ve been watching and reading horror since I was seven, any subgenre, style, nationality you can imagine, so let me assure you that I understand and respect the genre a lot. I was never fully convinced about the way Asylum was presented, even if the game content has remained mostly unchanged for years. If anything, I believe the new style is far more brooding and ominous. Compare our short intro teaser to our original trailer:
As for the in-game style, my next update will show you exactly what we’re doing, and it’s subtle. The assets (as in, the graphics themselves) are actually the same and haven’t been changed. What we’re doing is adding small visual tweaks to make Asylum feel more filmic and truer to its inspirations. Again, fans of Scratches should not worry, and as days go by Asylum is more and more managing to achieve that elusive Scratches vibe.
I understand the concerns, though, so stay tuned for our next update coming soon. It’s a good sign people are getting excited again and the work needed to do all this has been negligible (seriously, it’s just a new logo and visual tweaks). Trust me, if you love horror – especially old school horror which has always been the backbone of Scratches – Asylum will blow your mind