Indie gaming studio newbie Lunar Software has just announced the latest in space-related hardcore survival horror—Routine.
Routine, while having a seemingly unremarkable title, promises some innovative and intriguing survival gameplay. The website describes the game as “a first person horror exploration game set on an abandoned Moon base.” As is with all abandoned things in space, your job is to go to the Moon base and find out why everyone mysteriously disappeared. Based on the rather creepy trailer, I’m betting it has something to do with horrible alien monsters.
Lunar Software is looking to buck the survival horror tradition by making the game entirely non-linear. The Moon base is fully open to exploration, and it sounds like not all the secrets that can be found are essential to beating the game, which may mean that there are multiple routes to solving the mystery. Routine also features “Full body awareness, Deadzone aiming, no HUD, no health bars or points system.”
The most interesting feature is the one that will likely make it the most intense. Routine has no health packs and you get only one life. That’s right, we’re talking Perma death.
No release date has yet been announced for this terrifying space adventure, but you can follow Lunar Software on the usual social media platforms for further updates or check out routinegame.com.