If you’re unfamiliar with the Aokigahara Forest that sits at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, it’s probably for the best. The forest is eerily quiet, thanks to the density of its trees and an absence of wildlife. This quiet forest is where hundreds of people have visited to die since as early as the 1800′s. It’s reportedly the most popular place for suicides in all of Japan, with an average of 100 people claiming their lives there every year.
It’s so creepy, I listed it as a potential setting for a horror game a few years back. Now, one indie developer is taking advantage of its unnerving history with their first game, Sea of Nooses.
Sea of Nooses is a Unity3D Horror game inspired by the infamous Aokigahara forest located in Japan. The game will use mechanics similar to Slender: The Arrival’s Scrapbook, You’ll be able to Listen to audio tapes and view tapes collected off of dead bodies or Broken Camcorders
Watch through the life of Seicho Rye, a former police officer. In October of 2001, His sister went missing in the forest Aokigahara, An investigation revealed nothing at all and they later said that it must’ve been a suicide. Rye wanted to go back and investigate but his job got in the way. Months down the line he retired, He wanted to go back to the forest and document what he would find… he just wanted to find any evidence that his sister was either alive or dead.
In 2003 He finally set out to Aokigahara forest, he spent hours during the day and found nothing… till he got lost and night finally fell. The nooses on the trees began to fall and the eye’s began to pierce through the branches… a distant gunshot breaks the silence.
According to it’s developer, Sea of Nooses is not another Slender clone. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this in action. Bring on a trailer!
For more on this upcoming horror game, follow it on IndieDB.