It’s no secret that I’m super pumped for Shadow Shifters’ upcoming Slenderman inspired indie horror game Huntsman: The Orphanage. It’s creepy, atmospheric, and brings with it a unique twist on the Slenderman subgenre that doesn’t revolve around collecting pages. It also has a mesmerizing Scottish caretaker that I’d very much like to have read me bedtime stories every night until the Huntsman comes and takes me away.
Earlier today Valve announced the fifth batch of titles that have been greenlit on Steam, including Huntsman: The Orphanage, Organ Trail: Director’s Cut, and several others you can find after the break. The team behind Huntsman are currently working on getting a playable demo that should be out soon.
Jasper Croad is the caretaker at the Grimhaven Orphanage where twelve orphans mysteriously disappeared back in 1897. Understandably, this has had a pretty significant impact on the man’s psyche, as he holds himself responsible for the children’s disappearance. The orphans were taken by the Huntsman, a creature that shares some of the traits of the Slenderman in that he has a mean sense of style and enjoys taking things that don’t belong to him.
Huntsman: The Orphanage is one of the more promising takes on the budding Slenderman subgenre. One of the things I enjoy most about these games is they don’t rely on blood, gore, and violence to be scary. Don’t get me wrong, I love those things too, but it’s nice to get a brief reprieve from all that. Listen to Croad’s story after the break!
Yes, Huntsman: The Orphanage is another Slenderman inspired video game. Now before you write it off as another game in a growing list of indie horror titles that aim to capitalize on Slendy’s recent surge in popularity, you should know that this one looks amazing. For starters, it won’t have guns or gore, which I’m very happy to see in this era of quad-wielding and strategic dismemberment. So far, it’s the only Slenderman game I’ve seen that doesn’t actually feature Slenderman — instead its antagonist is a similar supernatural being called the Huntsman.
I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure Slendy and the Huntsman are related. I base this theory on the fact that they both partake in the intensely creepy hobby of abducting people, and also because they each share a dapper sense of style. If I’m going to be abducted, I want the thing that whisks me away to some horrible torture realm to be well dressed.
Huntsman is among the top ten games on Steam Greenlight right now, so if you’d like to see it greenlit, I suggest voting for it here. More after the break!