Somerville Teaser Shows Rural Area Invaded By Aliens

Ever since Dino Patti split up with Playdead, a large part of their fanbase started wondering what was next for him. Today we get a glimpse of the next project he’s involved with. It’s called Somerville, and it is the brainchild of one Chris Olsen. There’s very little info about it, including a short but mesmerizing teaser trailer.

somerville teaser trailer
Somerville teaser trailer

The developers describe it as a sci-fi adventure game which follows several characters at the beginning of a global catastrophe. Seeing how the trailer is just a minut of some farmhouses with alien monoliths in the distance, we’re going to assume the catastrophe involves extraterrestrials. Still no word on what the game will look like – the description suggests something like Everybody’s Gone to The Rapture, while Patti’s involvement points to some puzzles or even light platforming action. There’s a single sentence about it on the game’s site: “IN NEON SKY OUR KIN ARE LOST, TILL FUTURE HAS RETURNED TO DUST”. That’s pretty cryptic. Ominous, as well.

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The art style looks pretty amazing, though, with pastel colors and soft lightning. Lovely stuff. Olsen, who has a background in animation, has been working on the game for three years as a personal project. A few years and a playable prototype later, he enlisted Patti, presumably to help with logistics, and maybe even invest some of that sweet, sweet buyout money. They’ve gathered a few more people since, including Lyndon Holand, who worked on soundtracks for Virginia and Aviary Attorney.

And that’s all we know. Hopefully there’s more info soon. There’s no talk of a release date, so we presume Somerville isn’t all that close to release. There’s a newsletter you can sign up for on the game’s official site, which is probably the best way to keep tabs on the project.

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