Tired of these hellish video games, still insisting on being so damn interactive? Well, developer Supermassive Games (Until Dawn, The Dark Pictures Anthology) has you covered in its upcoming horror title The Quarry, which comes with its own Movie mode.
Movie mode, just as it sounds, allows players (or rather viewers, in this case) to watch all of The Quarry’s summer camp-flavored horror in a linear, non-interactive way – which means you can just lay your bot on the couch, grab your popcorn with two controller-free hands, and soak up its scares with only minimal effort on your part.
As detailed in a new IGN preview (Thank you Gamer on PC), The Quarry’s movie mode will come in three different flavors: Everybody Lives, Everybody Dies, and Director’s Chair. The first two are pretty self-explanatory, determining whether The Quarry cast members – including Lance Henriksen, Grace Zabriskie, David Arquette, Ted Raimi, Justice Smith and Skyler Gisondo – manage to survive their summer camp experience. Hackett’s Quarry to live another day.
Director mode, however, requires a bit more setup. Before you hit play, you’ll need to choose a set of situational behaviors for each cast member – perhaps they’ll be adept under pressure, likable in conversation, and composed during fight-or-flight scenarios – and these in turn will influence the choices they make and the potentially deadly consequences of those choices on the game at hand.
Supermassive presumably intends movie mode to be more of an after-game feature for those who want to see all of The Quarry’s permutations without having to replay the full experience over and over again, but it’s still fun to see a game so carefully cradled the audio and visual language of blockbuster horror movies, only to then ditch the interactive part that’s supposed to set it apart from its inspiration.
Still, Supermassive has pretty much reduced its interactive horror movie to art at this point (Dark Pictures Anthology’s knack for a failed ending), so I have high hopes for The Quarry when it comes to PS5, PS4 , Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC on June 10.