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Eyes in the Dark director draws inspiration from Samurai Jack

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Under the Stairs’ Vladimir Bogdanic discusses the making of Eyes in the Dark: The Curious Case of One Victoria Bloom.

Back at PAX East, Gearbox Publishing unveiled a fresh slate of new games. Among them is a fascinating walk through a haunted mansion called Eyes in the Dark: The Curious Case of One Victoria Bloom from developer Under the Stairs. Naturally, its stylized black-and-white visuals remind some players of Limbo, but that’s not the only inspiration game director Vladimir Bogdanic has cited for the upcoming roguelike. Beyond the games, Bogdanic notes that the team took inspiration from a Cartoon Network classic.

“What’s really cool [Eyes in the Dark] is initially, our initial concept for the game jam was… there’s an episode of Samurai Jack where he’s fighting shinobi and stylistically it’s done like purely black and white,” Bogdanic told Shacknews. “The concept basic what we really liked about it was the fact that there was this play between not seeing things in the dark or just like being completely exposed and there was like a little dance between them in this specific plan. So it started as a simple back and forth between “Oh, there’s an enemy here, but I can’t see what enemy it is”, you can just see… eyes, and it is kind of the inspiration for the title itself, and then we kind of expanded it by using this layer of darkness, which basically functions as a kind of… I’d say a kind of “fog of war “, where you use light to reveal what’s underneath and it can be platforms, it can be traps, it can be enemies, etc.”

Bogdanic explains how Eyes in the Dark started life as a game jam title, how it iterated from there, the story behind developer Under the Stairs’ name, working as a Croatian studio, and the various mechanics who players can expect to encounter in the Game. Eyes in the Dark tells the story of Victoria Bloom, whose grandfather was taken prisoner by the darkness that overwhelmed Bloom Manor. Victoria must explore the pitch-black mansion, using her flashlight to battle powerful enemies.


Eyes in the Dark: The Curious Case of One Victoria Bloom will arrive exclusively on PC (via Steam and the Epic Games Store) on July 14. For more interviews like this, be sure to subscribe to Cabin News and GamerHubTV on Youtube.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since he picked up his first NES controller when he was 5 years old. Since then, he has taken an interest in games, only stepping away briefly during his college years. But he was retired after spending years in quality assurance circles for THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping push the Guitar Hero series to its peak. Ozzie has become a huge fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can’t enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?