Several months ago, the studio known as Question announced The Blackout Club with a teaser trailer, with the new project being a 4-player co-op horror game that is set to launch early next year. Now, the company behind the forthcoming title has decided to give players a better look at what's to come by revealing the project's first gameplay footage, which also includes developer commentary from Question co-founder Jordan Thomas.
As seen in the video below, the gameplay shown off for The Blackout Club is coming from the title's closed beta phase, which means that a lot of the assets on display could change at some point in the future. Nevertheless, the clip provides a solid idea of how the co-op horror release will play at launch, with players taking on the role of teenagers investigating and attempting to survive an occult conspiracy that has taken over their hometown, turning people into shambling nightmares called "Sleepwalkers".
As the player characters in the above video explore the contents of The Blackout Club's closed beta, one of them is caught by the ominous villain known simply as "The Shape", which turns people into Sleepwalkers. The Shape comes about due to the session being invaded by one of the game’s testers, who assumes the role of a "Stalker", which is an enemy teen working for the cult. The invader’s job is to track down members of the titular Blackout Club and provide evidence of those players working against the cult, which alerts The Shape to their presence.
The latter half of The Blackout Club's beta gameplay video shows the teens making their way into an underground testing facility of some kind, and doing their best to stay quiet while not arousing the suspicions of any nearby Sleepwalkers. Eventually, the two subdue a Sleepwalker by choking it out in order to try and make safe passage to the exit point. Unfortunately, though, The Shape catches wind of their presence, and ends up capturing one of the players while the other flees.
As evidenced by the beta gameplay, The Blackout Club definitely holds plenty of promise, and should at the very least pique the interest of diehard horror gaming fans. While it appears as if The Blackout Club won't be taking a gore-heavy route as such horror game contemporaries as Capcom's Resident Evil 2 remake, the co-op title still has the potential to contain its fair share of intense moments. After wall, with Question's team being comprised of former BioShock and Dishonored developers, it should stand to reason that the project will offer plenty of solid thrills.
The Blackout Club is currently set to release at some point in early 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: Question – YouTube