A new approach to FMV in survival horror games

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Tenebris Somnia is a new survival horror game that takes Full Motion Video (FMV) to a completely new level. FMV is a technology that uses live-action footage in video games. Historically considered cheap and old-fashioned, FMV is gaining popularity again with games like Her Story and Alan Wake. 

In Tenebris Somnia, players take on the role of a woman investigating a haunted mansion. The pixel art world creates a colorful and slightly cartoonish atmosphere, while the FMV sequences show scenes with intense grotesqueness. These FMV clips feature gruesome scenes and bizarre monsters, and the woman with two faces is truly frightening.

The contrast between the pixel art world and the FMV sequences is both unsettling and effective. After witnessing realistic and frightening FMV scenes, players will be left to fill in the gaps with their own imaginations as they return to pixelated versions of the monsters. The transition between the two art styles should be a little smoother, but the slightly disconcerting effects help make the experience more tense.

Tenebris Somnia does not have a confirmed release date yet, but you can already get a taste of the game by downloading the demo version on Steam. The demo version showcases impressive visuals and creative effects in FMV sequences, promising a truly unsettling gameplay experience.

Tenebris Somnia’s innovative use of FMV demonstrates the evolving potential of this once-ignored technology in modern gaming. By blending live-action and pixel art, the game offers a unique atmosphere that keeps players on the edge of their seats while playing. With its immersive storytelling and captivating visuals, Tenebris Somnia is a must-see for survival horror enthusiasts.

– FMV: A technique for using live-action footage within video games.

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