Wales Interactive has today revealed Maid of Sker, a new first-person horror game set to arrive in just a few weeks in June.
The game's title hints at the focus on Welsh folklore. Specifically, it focuses on one Elisabeth Williams, whom, according to legend, dies after she's locked away in a room by her father. The game is written by a team that includes talent that previously worked on Don't Knock Twice and SOMA. While the former is a Wales Interactive-developed tie-in horror that received poor reviews, the latter is one of the most revered horrors - and stories in general - in the last decade of video games.
Gameplay will feature the popular no-weapon survival elements as seen in things like SOMA, Amnesia, and Outlast, and is also said to allow for multiple endings all while emphasizing sound as a key component. Players will need to stay silent in dark corners to stay out of the threats' gaze.
Upon revealing the game, Managing Director David Banner said “We’re so excited to be announcing Maid of Sker. For us at Wales Interactive Maid of Sker is a fantastic chance to share some Welsh heritage with the rest of the gaming world and frighten them all at the same time!”
Maid of Sker also recreates several Welsh hymns like Calon Lân (A Pure Heart), Suo-Gân (Welsh Lullaby) and Ar Hyd Y Nos (All Through the Night), all sung by Tia Kalmaru who, like the studio, comes from Wales and is described as having a "bone-chilling" voice, as you can hear in the trailer. Players on Xbox One X and PS4 Pro will have access to 4K enhancements, while those on PC will get an uncapped 4K experience.
Maid of Sker arrives in June for Steam, Xbox One, and PS4, with a Switch release planned ahead of Halloween in October.