Recapping the last 24 hours

Wow! It’s barely been a day since we published the first ever gameplay video from Among the Sleep, and its reception has already blown us away. With all-over positive feedback and articles on amongst others Edge, Destroctoid, Jostiq, PCgamer, IngieGames, Gameinformer, RockPaperShotgun, Kotaku, Gamespy and Eurogamer (and the list goes on) – this is an incredible motivational boost for us! Even Cliff Bleszinski and Jim Sterling has been hyping the project on their twitter.

I guess we should use this moment to clarify a few misconceptions that’s been forming though. Firstly, you will not be crawling 100% of the time; this is mostly something you choose to do (to reach places and hide from dangers etc.). Also, it is not going to be released during 2012 – we are working towards a release in 2013. And finally, to some of you silly people, it’s not a first person shooter. There will be no guns, we are untruly sorry.

Here is a selection of todays quotes:

“So AmongtheSleep is the new horror game to keep an eye on. I love where this is going”
Jim Sterling – Destroctoid

“the two-year-old makes for an extremely refreshing avatar.”
Ben Maxwell – Edge

More, please!
Stephen Totilo – Kotaku

We seriously can’t remember another survival horror (or adventure game) looking this good, so kudos to Krillbite.
John Papadopoulos –

“It could be the most interesting horror game of next year”
Adam Smith – RockPaperShotgun

“A horror game in which you play as 2 year old child? WANT”
Cliff Bleszinski – Twitter

“…Among the Sleep looks like an amazing, extremely well done atmospheric title and already I can say that it must be a must try.”
Calin Ciabai –

Westsalvation0052 – youtube comment

The gameplay video:

So, thanks to all those of you who have shared the game and given us awesome feedback! We are really humbled. And for those of you who want to follow the ongoing development of Among the Sleep, you can sign up for our newsletter, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to this blog.

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72 Responses to Recapping the last 24 hours

  1. BigLord says:

    I saw the video on Youtube as well. Looks amazing! Is the 2 year old a completely normal human child, or is there something else to it?

    • Anders Ugland says:

      Heya, thank you sir! It would be correct to say that the child is completely human, but I guess there are few things we adults would see through the eyes of a two-year-old and consider normal!

  2. TheCrusader39 says:

    The game is looking great, guys! I have a pretty subpar PC, and I normally don’t bother with PC titles because of it, but your game has me intrigued and I’m looking forward to seeing more of it. :)

  3. Premankampung says:

    I hope you guys give the main character a self shadow, so we don’t have to feel like playing a ghost

  4. Nic_Nac says:

    I love the childhood-horror genre, and it’s wonderful to see a game that explores it. In the video, there was silhouette darting across the window of the front door; I do hope there are more little touches like that, in the game. Small, creepy details are the best part of a horror game, for me.

    • chase says:

      that was tuly scary and to those who say this game is bad because lack of action the emotional stimulation is so shocking i jumped off my couch when the creature appeared.

  5. West says:

    Finally, a horror game that looks like actual HORROR… I’m really sick and tired of all the movies and games that rely on blood-and-guts to freak people out. Well written horror doesn’t need to be gory, and for people like me who have really bad anxiety problems surrounding blood and gore, it’s difficult to find movies and games that don’t have much of that while still being a psychological thrill.

    Assuming this game doesn’t have a bunch of gore, I can’t wait to play it! :)

    Congrats on such an awesome idea!

  6. Andrew Barnes says:

    After seeing a friend post the trailer on Facebook, i can say i am really hyped about this game and to see more gameplay footage.

    True Horror games play upon your mind, the fact you play as an innocent (not necessarily) child, without any way to defend him/herself with creatures/shadows/monsters around and an interactable enviroment is FANTASTIC! From what we’ve seen, it could amount to anything, but for me,a true horror focuses on the atmosphere and inabiltiy to fight back, such as Amnesia the Dark Descent.

    I really am looking forward to seeing how this game comes out. Kudos to you guys!

  7. Stuart Slater says:

    I have very little moneys at the moment, but how am I able to give Krillbite some of said very little moneys. That looks really cool kind of an Amnesia Jr or My First Amnesia.

  8. Dylan Johnston says:

    This game looks amazing. Many of my friends who I have shared the sneak peak with also agree with me.

  9. Pino says:

    I just saw the video for the first time and went to your website immediately! The game looks like a truly frightening and surreal survival horror! (And we really needed that)

    Can’t wait to see more of it :D

  10. Anurag says:

    looks very promising

  11. FoxArris says:

    The atmosphere in the game is DEAD ON TARGET. I definitely feel like the best horror plays on my mind, and not my aversion to gore. Little creepy details definitely spook me more than buckets of blood. Keep up the good work, this is a game I look forward to playing.

  12. Sparky says:

    IMO, making the baby cry would make the game more interesting and scary

    • We are afraid that hearing the child to much (like crying) will pull the player out of the experience, as this might feel more imposed than immersive for the adults playing. We are still experimenting with this though, so it might change! :)

      • Hayley says:

        Hearing the child gasp when something scary happens (I think that was in the demo) or perhaps whimpering after a nasty fall (or injury) would be pretty cool though

  13. Matt says:

    Looks amazing. Put it on steam and i will give you all my money.

  14. Squee says:

    Will this be a console release game (xbox360/ps3) or a computer only game? Also will it run on Macintosh?

  15. Eric says:

    Oh man, this is great! Reminds me so much of Amnesia. And it scared the shit out of me :3

    Note to developers: would be great if you could hide under the blanket from the scary things when your in the crib in the beginning or something!

  16. Daniel says:

    Looks extremely promising! I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on this game. The gaming industry needs more creative minds like Krillbite.

  17. Brad Tomas says:

    I really like the idea of having shadows play part in this game. Seeing your self shadow, would add a lot, not to mention using shadows of the monsters to scare people. Maybe seeing a shadow from underneath a doorway. I really think this could help immerse the gamer into this game!

  18. joe says:

    If this ends with “it’s all a dream” then it’s going to be a crappy game.

  19. Hayley says:

    Brilliant stuff! Very inspiring, can’t wait to see more speedpaints/gameplay. You guys should set up a donation page if you haven’t already, I’d imagine a lot of people would be interested in supporting this project.

  20. Jan says:

    This looks really interesting! But is there a chance of a Linux version, too? I would totally get it in that case.

    • We would love to support Linux, but because we use the Unity3d-engine, we are unfortunately limited by their support. The Unity team has discussed adding Linux support to the engine though, so this might change! (But probably not for some time)

  21. SD says:

    Wow, this is certainly one to keep an eye on! Question: is this running on the HPL Engine 2 or an in-house engine? That hand icon toward the end of the video where you face the fridge seemed quite reminiscent of Amnesia.

    Looking good, can’t wait to see where this goes! :D

  22. Phil Grier says:

    Looks scarier already than the last 3 or 4 Silent Hill games. For whatever reason, many American/Western developers insist on showing us the pixellated face of evil chasing us in all its hi-res glory, and have completely forgotten that the “unknown” is much scarier. This game seems to combine the unknown with the innocence and defenselessness of a child… yeah, I’m excited. Just don’t make us protect a poorly coded NPC AI like the girl sidekick in Resident Evil 4 and I’m all over this.

  23. Maria says:

    Hearing the baby at least a little (like in the gameplay vid) definitely adds a lot to the game! Hearing the baby cry at least a tiny bit at one point of the game would be amazing as it would add major creepyness in my opinion :)
    Really looking forward to this, it looks amazing!

  24. Gearbox says:

    So to be clear, all gameplay will take place in the child’s dreams? Or will there be levels that take place in reality?

    • This is something we would like for you to find out for yourself!

      • Gearbox says:

        That’s exactly the answer I was hoping for! This is definitely one of the most refreshing concepts I’ve seen for a game in a -long- time. I wonder why it is that the best horror games come out of Norway… (Amnesia)

  25. shane mullan says:

    The gameplay teaser trailer has got that feeling of the Ocean Manor mission in Vampire: the Masquerade Bloodlines and a bit of sneaking around the shalebridge cradle mission from thief deadly shadows. I’m really looking forward to this game.

  26. Amanda says:

    This game looks fantastic. What horror games inspired this game OR what are some of your teams’ favourite horror games? My friend and I want to get a super scary game to play this weekend and I’d love suggestions.

    • Hey Amanda!

      Thanks a lot! I asked the members and here’s a quick list of the team’s favourite horror games:

      Amnesia, Dead Space, Condemned 1&2, Alone in the dark, Silent Hill and the Resident Evil series!

  27. jag216 says:

    Have you seen this youtube video of hide and seek from a toddler perspective? It made me think of your trailer, but also shed some light on how you might modify gameplay to make it more toddler like (the tremendous bob when running, the not quite controlled spin and head turns, etc.)

  28. Underscored says:

    This looks very promising IMO and I was a fan at first sight when I saw this video. I’ve posted this a few times now on some other sites, and the replies are few and far between (but overall positive at least) and now I just want to give my opinion on it though.

    Really for anyone who isn’t impressed I ask you this, consider the type of perspective a child has in this world and in general just look back at what your childhood was like if you want an idea on how this game could be amazing if it was done right.

    To get an idea of what I mean there all I’m asking is this; what frightened you as a kid? Chances are a lot might have scared you I bet! For example, I remember being afraid of thunder one time. As in one time I was at a window looking outside at the rain and then ran away from the window screaming because of how loud some thunder was that just went off “close” to me.

    I’m not proud of this one but I also remember being afraid of being sucked down the toilet’s drain for some reason. Like I would use the toilet then run away screaming after flushing it!

    Yes I was sort of a wimpy kid.

    I have some thoughts if you guys don’t mind my posting them. Again my point is: part of me thinks this game could be great if it played on various childhood fears. Think for example of actually finding a monster under your bed or needing a nightlight in order to drive away a monster or something like that would be for game play? I would love the idea of a panic mode as well even. For example if it is going off your controls and/or screen can get messed up or in general you’ll just trip and such. And just think of the stuff that could control this meter, such as sucking a pacifier/thumb considering how the kid is 2?

    Really the list goes on with what this game could be like and I hope it is awesome.

    • Curtis says:

      first of all, that is a really good example, but just to point it out, there is alot of people who don’t remember their childhood, and mostly because of psychological trauma of the childhood nightmares, some of them are really horrible, even watching a slight horror movie will give a 2 year old MASSIVE nightmares, but I do agree with you, it will be fun to play as a child, having fun playing a child horror, I just hope there is no ceiling crawlers in this game… because the only part of MY childhood I remember is a nightmare with some freaky thing crawling along the ceiling and STARING at me… things like that immediately start to get me sweaty with nervousness in horror films because I keep recalling that, but yeah Among The Sleep is one of the things I will absolutely buy when I can.

  29. Rosiee:D says:

    I think this game would be amazing!
    I love games like this and will be getting this when it comes out! May i just ask whether you were at E3 this year? and also does this game have levels or do you just play until your parents wake up or something?

    • Thanks for the kind words! We chose to prioritize our resources on production this time around, and didn’t get to travel to E3. It will be one continuous story (with chapters), not an endless night or a series of nights a’la Lone Survivor.

  30. David says:

    WOW! Love it allready. Last games I saw with this type of atmosphere were American McGee’s Alice and it’s sequel – Alice, maddness returns. CAN’T WAIT!!!

  31. Meg Selv says:

    Kan. Ikke. Vente.

  32. Heidi says:

    please, no crying! that would just be annoying, and ruining the whole atmosphere because of the fact that the player is an adult! whimpering and very very silent and short cries is okay, though. :) and this is a grown baby/child, not an infant. i remember when i was around that age, if i was afraid of something, i tried my best not to make any sounds or noises whatsoever, so that the monster couldn’t find me!

  33. Ulrik says:

    O.O i need one key… .=. give me?

  34. Shay says:

    It feels as though we all have been waiting forever! When do you believe this game will be available for everyone to play? Looking forward to playing this game very much! Thanks :D

  35. Beatriz says:

    It’s been almost 3 months now, can we get another video already? (:

  36. michaelnoonan says:

    i was wondering is this game free

    • It will probably cost around 10€ (from the top of my head, so this will probably change). But if you can’t afford it, please don’t hesitate to contact us when the game is lunched, and we’ll fix you a copy :)

  37. Jessica says:

    I’m very excited about the game. Can’t wait.

    I’ve been wondering if you have considered getting the game on Steam through Steam Greenlight? I think it would get a lot of support.

    • Hi Jessica, and thanks for the kind words! We are definitely aiming to publish it on Steam when it is done, and we will probably enter it to Greenlight at a time before that. But at the moment we still think it’s a bit early for us, because there is a fair share of production left and we dont want to be distracted, hehe.

  38. Curtis says:

    this game is just so epic, I never felt so scared after watching a trailer in my life, and I normally watch horror trailers at midnight with the lights off, fullscreened and almost 100% volume so the littliest creepy sound can be heard, and normally I don’t get scared but all I can say is that when I watched your trailer… I am glad I decided to go to the washroom first before watching, but yeah this game is something I will buy and if I love it as much as I think I will then I’ll buy my two friends a copy and we’ll all play in a dark room, computers next to each other and our headsets on MAX volume… we will not be able to sleep for several weeks… better pack 6 cases of redbull… ’cause I have been stalking the forum hoping to see another trailer for… weeks I guess? 2013 why couldn’t you come quicker!? oh and keep up the good work guys, I don’t care if it’s 80$ I will buy it as soon as it comes out.

  39. Mark says:

    THISS!!!!!!! I’ve been wondering when a game like this would be available. And the tone of it and all is picture perfect. Please make this as scary and horrifying as possible. With so many brand name junk out there already I think this is in a league all its own!!! Slenderman and Cry of fear are childs play in comparison to this. Heres a idea for you guys since I have missed my chance to be an awesome game developer and designer like yourselves. I’ve always wanted to see a “ghost hunting / paranormal First person-Experience is this type of gameplaying mechanics, maybe staged in a big hotel, old run down warehouse or even a church. And where every time a player sets off in a house the experience of ghost/demon/paranormal activity is random and always different. THAT right there if ‘done correct’ with no cheesy scary music just the surrounding ambiance of creepy environment alone would scare the living Sh**!!!! out everyone. But this game you guys are currently making is my hellish nightmare come true… so please continue on.. I wait patiently

  40. V says:

    I just watched the trailer and was BLOWN THE F AWAY!!!! I did however notice one debatable disappointment* while watching the in game trailer the part where your enter the kitchen and right before the kitchen drawers and everything start moving I noticed a hand mouse Icon, which is not bad by any means what i really hope this game is a (REAL FREE ROAMING)first person game, not some Point-and-click movement interactive thing like the 7th guest was waaaaay back in the DOS days, pre-rendered grafx can only be done so many times before it that tech can be officially called out dated! But i hope i’m wrong and this game plays I’m thinking. Is game may easily be one of the best survival horror games to watch for. I hope their will be expansion levels and puzzles, this game just screams so much potential is not even funny… no pun intended.

    • Hi Mr/Ms V, and thanks for all the kind words! I can assure you that the game will not be point and click, and that the hand icon works more like how e.g. Amnesia solves interaction, in the sense that you can open and close doors/drawers and pick up objects dynamically :)

  41. Ira says:

    Will there be a boxed copy available for the game or only downloadable.

  42. Javier says:

    It looks veryyy interesting and scary. It looks like the baby son of Amnesia. I’ve played lot of pc horror games like silent hill, amnesia, scratches, penumbra,dark fall,darkness within are my favs. When will it be launched? Where is the pre-order button?

  43. Curtis says:

    are you guys planning to have a level editor/maker so people can make and share levels that they made themselves? with customized special scare zones and such? I was wondering because then while it would increase the amount of time before it was released it would add alot more gameplay and also allow an even bigger community to form, infact you could also add a page on the AtS project site for Custom Maps/stories, and if you did it would be amazing because it would mean the game would get played alot longer, because while a good game is fun to play there isn’t much to do afterwards except replay it and that gets boring really quickly, just a suggestion to your amazing team.

    • We’ve been discussing it, and it would be very interesting, as well as rewarding for us, to see people create their own stories in AtS. But nothing is certain yet though – first and foremost we are focusing on making AtS as good as possible :)

  44. Keith D. says:

    As far as horror games go, what this seems to be doing is exploring the meaning of horror. What is horror? It’s in the eye of the beholder, and that’s the genius I think of using a 2 year old as the avatar. Exploring what horror is to a 2 year old is an immensely intriguing idea– one that I would’ve ever have thought of if I’d been a 2 year old 100 times over. Brilliant concept guys! I can’t wait to play this, and I love what it suggests for the future of the gaming medium!

  45. Joy says:

    I enjoy what you guys are up too. Such clever work and coverage!
    Keep up the very good works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to our blogroll.

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