Two team members behind the classic isometric horror adventure game Sanitarium, are returning to their horror gaming roots with a Kickstarter.com campaign to create a brand new, fully 3D, psychological terror filled game for PC and Macs – Shades of Sanity.
In 1998 game developers DreamForge Intertainment released one of the most acclaimed psychological PC horror games of the ‘90s, Sanitarium. While the groundbreaking isometric point-and-click adventure still has a cult following today, DreamForge is long gone; But nothing this good stays dead for long. Two of the former Sanitarium team members are still around, and ready to bring mind-bending fear back to home computers.
Now living in Pittsburgh, PA, Rob Seres and Keith Leonard, who both were on the team that launched Sanitarium, recently formed their own development studio, Sword and Spirit Software, then crafted a powerful 3D game engine that they’ve dubbed, Sassafras. Now, thanks to the crowed funding website Kickstarter, they have a shot at making their dream of creating a spiritual successor to Sanitarium a reality.
As for the set-up, Rob Seres states, “Shades of Sanity is about a schizophrenic patient named Joseph Springer who moves back in with his ex-wife, only to one day find himself alone in a deserted house, plagued with visions of oppression, isolation and murder.”
Seres further ads, “The game will consist of situational puzzles based on supernatural logic, as well as others relying on inventory or in-game physics.”
Since building graphically powerful engines is lead team member Keith Leonard’s specialty, he put all of his engineering skills into making the Sassafras engine capable of stunning visuals, realistic lighting and reflections, plus loads of other real time effects. Leonard further explains, “We almost made a game like this a few years ago, and I’ve been looking forward to it ever since: mixing intense adventure game play with high-end 3-D graphics. ”
The Shades of Sanity Kickstarter campaign is targeting a $200,000 goal for a PC release, with a stretch goal to port a version for Macs. While contributors can donate any amount the choose, there are nine levels of pledge rewards, including a digital download of the game, access to the closed beta, a 3D printed figure of the Stalker creature, and a chance to contribute as part of an early focus group, or designing an Easter egg within the final game.
You can find additional information at the Shades of Sanity Kickstarter Page