“Down” is a first-person, single-player 3D psychological thriller that combines combat and puzzle elements using the ability to impact your environment and relive your memories within them. The player descends the floors of an apartment building searching for his fiancee, with clues regarding her disappearance found in the memories he relives along the way.

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The Initial Concept

"Down" began as a simple concept: the player would begin on the roof of an office building. In order to escape, the player would need to descend each floor, with each floor representing a specific terror. The fifth floor, for example, might represent dread and would be darkly lit with ambiant sounds and strange environmental effects such as rain and snow. The fourth floor might have represented death, with the floor littered in corpses which also hang from the ceiling. It would be a FPS and the enemies would also represent the fears on each floor.

Below are two images from an early prototype for "Down", which shows the player immersed in an office environment with only a flashlight.

Early Concept Image

Early Concept Image

Since this initial conceptualization, "Down" has evolved into something much more dynamic. The combined writing and storytelling background of the design team led the game toward a strong narrative to give meaning to the player's journey as the protagonist. Gameplay features and mechanics grew out of the psychological tone of the game and its narrative in order to keep the players alert and involved.

The Current Concept

"Down" is now toted as a psychological thriller, retaining some of the terrifying elements of its conception and integrating them into a realistic setting: an apartment building. The designers loved the feeling of this setting because of the personal relationship that individuals have with their homes, and also saw it as an opportunity to twist the meaning of comfort and safety in relation to the home.

Players will physically begin on the roof and move down the floors of an apartment building in order to solve the mysteries that drives the narrative: how did they end up on the roof? Who was that mysterious girl? Why did she kill herself? In order to find those answers, the player will need to explore the many rooms in the apartment building to search for clues. But even then, not everything in the building is as it seems. Monsters will attack you, objects will move on their own, and the world will twist and distort into familiar yet disturbing scenes.

"Down" therefore represents the literal journey that stems all the way back to the original concept, but will do so in a more traumatic and personal way by focusing on the tragedy surrounding the main characters.

Stay tuned for our next diary entry, in which you will get your first glimpse of the apartment environment where the story takes place!

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kabeltelevizio
kabeltelevizio

Is this dead?

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Kuro420
Kuro420

Is this still being worked on cause it seems really cool

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danielmus
danielmus

The concept art of the monster ragdoll thingee looks TERRIFYING

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SeamlessKnitDoll
SeamlessKnitDoll

Will it work on Mac, too?! Please, it looks so amazing!

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DeathPants
DeathPants

When is this game coming out?! And will it be free? Another question: Are you still working on the game, or did you gave up?

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djgardner
djgardner

I was one of the 3d modellers on the game. We had a working demo in mid-April. Not sure what is going on now. I haven't even gotten a reply from the emails I've sent. And I'm sure it is free. :) Hopefully you'll enjoy it, IF it comes out.

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Rexyer
Rexyer

o.o

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113mac113
113mac113

this game looks distrubing 0.0

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Metal-Payne
Metal-Payne

Ooooooooh, scary.

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