If you're a fan of the PlayStation exclusive cinematic horror game Until Dawn or the Dark Pictures Anthology series of horror games, you're going to want to know about The Quarry, which is the latest feature length effort from developer Supermassive Games, and it's coming out in just a few short weeks on June 10th, 2022.
Ahead of its release, we had a chance to play about an hour of the story on PC (the full game is supposedly about 10 hours in length), with our preview portion picking up early on in the narrative. We're not going to spoil anything for you here, but rest assured if you like those aforementioned games, The Quarry is very much along the same lines.
The story is about a group of teenage counsellors who decide to throw a party at Hackett’s Quarry to celebrate the last day of summer camp, before it all falls apart and descends into a horror-fuelled nightmare in which "every decision shapes your unique story" and every character can either be the star of the show or wind up dead.
Based on what we played, it seems like The Quarry gives its story plenty of room to breathe, with lots of character development taking place early on between the nine counsellors. Those teenagers are played by a variety of Hollywood names such as Justice Smith (Detective Pikachu) and Ariel Winter (Modern Family), and the voice acting and motion capture therefore seems excellent. The "cutting edge facial capture" does admittedly look a bit robotic and unnatural at times, but you quickly get over that, and the actual detail in the faces can be pretty impressive.
Gameplay-wise, it's your standard fare for a game like this with plenty of crucial decision making elements, along with occasional instances of shooting things, engaging in surprise quicktime events, and walking around exploring the area. If you've played Until Dawn or one of the Dark Pictures games before, you'll know what to expect here, and that includes the return of a "Curator" type character who steps in at points during the story to try and give you clues about what's coming next, but this time it's in the form of a fortune teller with tarot cards.
Our preview portion of The Quarry allowed us to sample the first taste of horror that the game has to offer, as well as choose a couple of narrative paths based on decisions we made during and leading up to those frightful encounters, and the somewhat slow build meant that when the time arrived, we were already invested enough in the characters to actually care about what happens to them. At the very least, that's a good sign.
We're looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here, as well as checking out some of the features that were locked in our preview, such as gameplay difficulty customisation (the default seems a little easy for us so far), online play (which has been delayed to July 8th), couch co-op support, and even the Movie Mode, which allows you to watch the game rather than play it.
As of right now, The Quarry is shaping up to be another enjoyable cinematic horror experience from Supermassive Games, and we're definitely on board for the ride. The question is whether the full ten-hour narrative will justify the premium £64.99 / $69.99 price point on Xbox Series X and Series S, and ultimately we'll have to wait until our review in a couple of weeks to give a verdict on that.
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