Apparently, anything can cause a zombie outbreak these days. If it weren’t enough to have to worry about terrorist attacks, mad scientists and black-hearted multinational corporations bringing about a brain-flavoured end of days, it seems we should be watching the skies too.
Amy – a PSN download title designed by Delphine maestro Paul Cuisset, envisions a future where some sort of biological mutagen spreads through the populace after a comet collides with Earth, turning everyone into snarling blue zombie-wannabes with rows of 30 Days Of Night-style pointy teeth.
Waking up in the midst of the chaos is Lana – the player character for this particular viral apocalypse – an infectee on the run from her own imminent deterioration as much as the snarling horde.
A survival-horror adventure that forefronts hiding and legging it over all-out action or gunplay, VectorCell’s vision for Amy reads a lot like Human/Sunsoft’s Clock Tower series – only possibly without quite as many undertones of violent sexual assault running through it.
Enemies can be pushed over for a head-start, which is best used to find a safe place to hide until the threat decides to search somewhere else for its next meal.
Indeed, it seems there will be very little room for gung-ho flights of fancy, as Lana will also be charged with protecting Amy, an eight year-old autistic girl with a few as-yet-unconfirmed supernatural powers hiding up her sleeve, who can accompany Lana around or be shoved in a cupboard for safe keeping.
So, it’s a protect-the-AI title at heart, then. However, any readers whose eyes instinctively roll upwards at the thought of yet another game based around a prolonged escort mission should note that VectorCell is adding some strategic balance to proceedings that should be able to distance it from the throng.
Least of all is Amy’s abilities and the potential they could bring to each encounter. Lana’s own infection, for example, must be balanced; allowing her illness to progress will cause enemies to no longer see her as a threat and lose interest, but without intervention it will eventually kill her altogether.
With a focus on the high end of the development spectrum, including full motion capture as well as a level of graphical and environmental fidelity that’s immediately evident from the few screenshots to be released so far, Amy is certainly a download title worth looking out for on PSN for in the near future.
Though admittedly, with Flashback creator Paul Cruisset at the helm, we’d be keeping one eye on Amy’s progress even if it was just a sequel to Shaq-Fu.