‘Slender’ Gets A Sequel
I don’t know whether to say this is good news or bad news, but the game Slender is getting somewhat of a sequel. It’s good because the original game is so brilliantly made, but bad because… It means more nightmares.
Slender, or ‘The Slender Man game’ is a recent indie hit that’s become totally renowned for how inexplicably creepy it is. The game takes place in an eerie, inescapable park where a masked character obsessively stalks the player. The objective is to find 8 pieces of paper or ‘notes’ and the more you find, the more persistently Slender Man stalks you. The catch is, as soon as you look at him for too long (or up too close), the game is over – and he certainly does his best to get you to do so. It’s a lot harder than it sounds and even creepier than you can fathom, particularly considering there are no weapons.
While the project is little more than a work in progress at the moment, a new team are working on two new versions of Slender Man that runs on Valve’s Source engine. The game, called Slender Source, will have a co-op option via Steam which will encourage players to work together to locate a series of creepy dolls. One version is said to be set in a similar ‘woods’ to the original game, and the other is said to be set in an abandoned hospital.
Though the new version of the game is technically a mod, it is being entirely rebuilt and restructured. The team definitely intend to maximise the fear-factor and are devoting a significant amount of time to ensuring that the multiplayer doesn’t give players more courage. Supposedly your chances of survival will be hugely minimised if you split from your group, but the new maps encourage exploration and even offer hiding spots. The company have also announced a ‘secret’ version of the game which they don’t intend to announce any time soon, and a hopeful (but currently undecided) player max of 4 per server.
If you haven’t already, you should definitely preemptively play the original Slender! It’s free to download online. My advice; go to the toilet block first, and don’t turn around past page 5. Seriously, he’s right behind you, so much so that if we’d developed the technology you’d feel him breathing down your neck.