Whether you are a believer or not, the occult and the supernatural are always a fantastic well of lore for building a project, and now gaming is looking to get a fascinating-sounding new entry. Taking full advantage of AR functionality, Scrylight is going to bring ghost hunting to the real world.
In 1842, Occultist Jeremiah Scry wrote the eponymous tome The Book of Scry, detailing his method to view and interact with the dead through forbidden illumination techniques and rituals. Then one day, Scry mysteriously vanished completely along with this illicit publication, lost to time. Until now.
Backed by Niantic Lightshit, ScryLight will offer full 360-degree interaction that will bring a procedurally generated ghost, known as Entities, into your living, each with its own unique name and persona thanks to the ScryEngine. You will receive in-game phone calls, texts, and emails as you try to gather evidence to earn your target's trust, solve the mystery of their haunting, and banish them to the netherworld.
This ScryEngine will also take your geographical location into consideration. Whip out the app when you are having a coastal stroll and you might find yourself face-to-face with a ghost pirate, or if you are at a theatre you might run into a ghostly actor. Of course, playing this during a play might annoy the real ones on stage, so don’t get too carried away.
One of the most fascinating aspects of ScryLight is the real-world hauntings that can happen. If your house is loaded up with smart speakers, lights, or even doorbells, the entity can haunt your real-world devices for a truly immersive experience. Luckily, you can recruit up to four other friends to take down your quarry.
All early evidence indicates that Scrylight could be a breakout horror hit, and it will be interesting to follow its journey. If you want to support the developers, a Kickstarter for the project will kick off soon.