What’s in your basement, neighbor?
Hello Neighbor is a horror game about breaking into someone’s house
Horror games may be experiencing a resurgence these days, but Hello Neighbor still might be the most colorful entry in the genre we’ve seen – yet is no less chilling. Based on the spirit of suspense films like Rear Window (or more recently, Don’t Breathe) the game challenges players to break into someone’s home only to find themselves facing a deadly threat.
In the game, your protagonist has just moved into a peaceful suburb, only to suspect that his neighbor is keeping some secret locked in his basement. Unable to let the matter lie, he sneaks into the house, at which point your victim becomes far less neighborly. Over time, the Neighbor’s AI actively learns from your behavior, meaning he won’t just guess where you’re going, but also set traps and barricade hallways to prevent you from escaping.
The concept already seems ideal for a short sandbox game where you generate strategies to avoid the Neighbor. That said, developer Tiny Build is actually aiming for 10+ hours of gameplay, switching from the house to story segments set elsewhere. And that’s not even getting into what the actual secret in the basement might be.
Hello Neighbor is expected to launch for PC in Summer 2017.