I just read the latest kickstarter update mail (as of 14th october '17) where Agustín was telling us about the new art style Asylum is taking on, the “rebranding”. Obviously, since I am not quite active in social media and such, I was totally surprised by this rather big change and would like to just give a few words of feedback how I feel about it.
First and foremost: This is not quite what I signed up for. But I mean this in the nicest way possible (and as Conan O’Brien would say: “Sure, you can say that after everything. I would like to murder you! …in the nicest way possible”). But I don’t mean this as offensive as it may sound, so please hold your horses. Let me clarify:
I love horror games and movies, especially everything with a Lovecraftian style to it (as probably all of you). When it comes to games, immediately things like the “Darkness Within”-Series, “Call Of Cthulhu, Dark Conrers Of The Earth” and of course “Scratches” spring into mind.
“Asylum”, up to this point, has followed the same kind of artistic road like all of those games, with its “clean” dark and mysterious style which employs the kind of horror I really enjoy.
So, with this new direction Senscape is going I am a little bit… indifferent. Despite the things I have written so far, it is not a blunt, over-the-top and SJW-style of criticism I have here - Senscape did a brilliant job with their other projects so far and I will put my full faith into them no matter what.
I just haven’t seen enough of how the new style will work out to make up my mind, except the new banner and the few short videos in the kickstarter update. I think my biggest (irrational) fear is that the game will become more unintentionally cartoonish and less horrific (and for that part less lovecraftian) than expected. A 30s/40s style would leave no room for discussion, but a 70s/80s VHS one?
Like I said, it is a big change that caught me personally by surprise. I haven’t seen much as of now, and as with any ungrounded fear of change this results in this post you are reading right now
So, Agustín, I trust you and your crew to the max, otherwise I would have lost interest in this game a long time ago. You did a great job so far with all your other games and everyone can see your determination behind this one. But please make sure that this “rebranding” will not be at the cost of the horror I expected so far