Ninja Theory, known for Heavenly Sword, Enslaved, and Hellblade, as well as their friendship with one Andy Serkis, is making a new psychological horror game called Project: Mara. They’ve announced this game last year, but there’s not much info about it, until now.
In a new Ninja Theory dev diary video, the team talks about Project: Mara in detail. Its setting is a single location featuring a single character, with a ton of development time dedicated to this one physical location being recreated as a digital space: a large city apartment. From ultra-close photography of surfaces to a LIDAR scan of the entire apartment, the Ninja Theory artists have created procedural tools dedicated to generate photorealistically-detailed apartment materials.
Here are some quotes from chief creative Tameem “I was Dante once” Antoniades & commercial director Dom Matthews regarding the project:
“There’s this kind of a shift going on within Ninja Theory in the way we create art. Artists are not there to just create an object, they’re there to create systems that can create that object and infinite variations of that object.
Based on real lived experience accounts and in-depth research, our aim is to recreate the horrors of the mind as accurately and realistically as possible.”
Now that’s dedication. The video diary is below: