BD: There’s been a noticeable surge in popularity for the horror genre in the last few years, with a handful of studios shifting gears to work on more personal experiences, with indie horror games like Outlast, Daylight and Amnesia. During that same time there’s been a waning interest in established brands like Dead Space, Silent Hill and Resident Evil. Do you see this as a temporary shift, fueled by the looming next generation of consoles, or do you see the indie horror genre continuing to see significant growth even after the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have launched?
I see indie horror games always considering the PC as their home. Branching out to the consoles would be a great adventure—one absolutely worth taking, too. I believe, like with all game development trends, interest will decrease when saturation becomes a problem. The last thing I want is for horror games to wear out their welcome like the Jaws did after the second movie. I feel that Silent Hill and Resident Evil both have shot themselves in the foot by deviating away from their strengths and trying to please everyone instead. Many indie horror developers realize what the appeal of their games is and they take full advantage of it. We don’t have to worry selling a million copies to consider a game successful and that is very liberating. It allows us to explore the medium and the genre in ways that AAA developers are not allowed to due to it being too ‘risky’. I will say that when the saturation of indie horror games occurs, I’ll do all I can to gather up my indie horror developer friends and devise ways for us to breathe fresh air into the genre like we’re trying to do now. So far, so good.
BD: Is there a horror game — AAA or indie — that you’re most looking forward to right now?
I’m really interested in seeing what Shinji Mikami has in store for us with ‘The Evil Within’. He sparked my interest in horror games with the Resident Evil series. If anyone can save the survival horror genre, aside from the indies, it would be him. I also really hope somebody will reboot the Dino Crisis series, even if it’s in a different name. Dinosaurs are so underrated as objects of horror. If nobody else will do it, I may be forced to one day.
BD: Bonus question! Do you believe in the supernatural, or is Paranormal just a bit of fun?
The house I grew up in was very old and very creepy. Some weird stuff went on there that I can’t really explain. That sparked my interest in the supernatural. Since then, I watched as many shows about the subject as I could. I consider myself rather open minded, but Paranormal is largely about the fun, and seeing the different ways I can prey on my own insecurities and fears, as well as everyone else’s. I love scaring people. Also, aliens are totally real. The Truth Is Out There.