Posted By Justin D Williams
While Sum is best known for being half of the duo that created the international smash hit Crossy Road, he has an eclectic body of work behind him, including the bizarre cult favourite 420BLAZEIT. Being a developer who loves to try new things, his upcoming release is an unsettling horror experience designed to make players question everything they see.
Based in Melbourne, Sum has assembled a talented team from around the world for Normal Wholesome Games, creating a virtual studio in which everyone is connected digitally. This new studio’s primary design goal is to surprise players by subverting their expectations, leading to memorable and emotionally resonant game experiences.
Because surprise is such a large part of what makes After You effective, Sum and the team won’t be giving away too much. They are only willing to reveal that After You is designed to be deeply disturbing, forcing players to consider the meaning of their own choices and to question their motivations.
On the question of why he would choose to make a horror game, Sum said: “I’ve always tried to understand the things that scare me, and making games is a great way to do that. I can’t handle anything horrific – movies, games, or anything – so that intrigued me: why do so many people enjoy these things that are inherently unpleasant? So I started making a game in a genre that terrifies me. It’s extremely uncomfortable to test my own game, just designing it has been giving me nightmares. How messed up is that?”