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Thanatophobia is Still Alive

Thanatophobia is Still Alive

Thanatophobia is Still Alive

The old-school, 3rd-person survival horror game from Death Knell Games fell off the radar for a year or two, but we’ve been assured it’s still in development


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December 15, 2015 on Facebook, a visitor posted: “Thought the project was just cancelled. Couldn’t find any recent posts anywhere.”

Thanatophobia responded: “Definitely not cancelled! We haven’t posted for a long while, but we will start again a little closer to completion. Thanks for your interest!”

Thanatophobia is psychological term that means abnormal fear of death. This fear, as well as other phobias, help shape the game’s theme and setting, and provide a foundation for its gameplay mechanics.

Every character in the game has been alienated, abused, abandoned, tortured and/or killed. Main character Sam Dehaven, an ex-police detective, is no exception.

Sam has become obsessed with the kidnapping and murder of several young girls, allegedly perpetrated by a serial killer known as The Bear. Sam also has a personal stake in the case, and he wants revenge.

In a departure from typical survival horror games, Death Knell has disposed of the traditional health system and replaced it with a fear-based mechanic. Unless Sam’s fear is kept under control, all will be lost.

Thanatophobia will also be non-linear, feature a wide spectrum of puzzles and offer a classic inventory system. Further, the game will have combat, but will offer a choice to fight or evade malevolent enemies (yes, you’ll have weapons).

As far as I’ve been able to tell, the game will be released on PC/Windows at a date TBD.

Karla Munger

Karla Munger

I've been with JA in one capacity or other since 2003. I'm currently website administrator. I'm also a digital artist (my avatar is one of my creations). I write reviews and articles, create graphics and basically help tend the site. It's work I enjoy very much. I love playing games of all kinds, but adventure and RPGs are my favorites (particularly scary/dark/unsettling ones). At the top of my list are The Cat Lady, The Longest Journey, Dreamfall, Still Life (first one only), Scratches and Culpa Innata. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool recluse and prefer the company of animals, hardware and ghosts to human beings (no offense). And no bio would be complete without my saying that I do NOT care for phones of ANY sort. Further, I think Dell computers are garbage and that Microsoft has become megalomaniacal. "I put my heart and soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." - Vincent Van Gogh "I need solitude for my writing; not like a hermit - that wouldn't be enough - but like a dead man." - Franz Kafka "I've been to hell and back, my boy." - Susan Ashworth, The Cat Lady

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