Black Noise


It has been three weeks since Sam's sister was supposed to return from Salacia Station, one of Carthage's underwater facilities in the Pacific Ocean.

Unable to get satisfying answers from the globe-spanning corporation, Sam decides to take matters into his own hands.

Set nearly twenty years before the events of SOMA,
Black Noise is a stand-alone story in the same universe.

Discover the fate of Salacia Station in an immersive, survival horror experience reminiscent of Amnesia: The Dark Descent and the Penumbra series—combined with the narrative-driven style of SOMA.

FEATURES:
- An inventory system similar to the ones in Penumbra and Amnesia.
- All new enemies with custom models and AI, and over a dozen new props.
- A completely original soundtrack with over 100 new tracks.

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As we’re a few months into 2024, the Black Noise Team wishes you all a very, very late Happy New Year. It’s been a while since we've done a proper progress update or since you've heard much from us at all, but the project is alive and well!

And, since it's been a while, we’ve got something special for you. Though we’ve been fairly quiet since the release of our trailer, here's a sneak peek of what we've been up to since then.


Gameplay Systems and Features

Over the past year, one of the main things we’ve focused on is polishing the technical side of things. A good example of this is in fairly noticeable improvements to the AI, both in comparison to SOMA and previous versions of Black Noise. The new enemies are generally more dynamic and more responsive to the player than those in the base game—and are less liable to run into issues with navigation and pathing.

However, AI isn’t the only area where things have been improved. Other core gameplay systems have received a lot of attention over the past year. Some of these changes are less obvious than others, but they all go a long way into making Black Noise feel like a complete experience.

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Some examples of the player using various tools and inventory items, fully animated for a more immersive experience.


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The inventory has also received a major glow-up recently, both visually and technically. Ignore the placeholder text here, not all of this is final!


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The inventory now has proper controller support! Whether you play with a gamepad or on Steam Deck, Black Noise will be fully playable without having to rely on a mouse and keyboard.



Level Polish

Another huge area that we've made progress in since the release of the trailer has been the mod's overall fidelity. Many of the levels have been finalized on the visual front, and the rest are in the process of being updated to meet our current standards. This isn’t just limited to visuals, however. The gameplay experience within these levels has also been improved, as have other elements such as sound design, scripting, and general events.

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Art Assets

Along with technical, visual, and gameplay polish for the levels, art assets have received substantial upgrades to be more in line with SOMA's art direction. This includes new and improved 3D models, in-game artwork, and concept art—each used to bring the world of Black Noise to life.

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Story and Cutscenes

While other aspects of Black Noise see significant progress, the mod's story is getting the same treatment. Story content is in the process of being edited, revised, and added to the mod in the form of thousands of words worth of text and dialogue. In addition, in-game cutscenes have been improved where needed—now feeling more visceral, cinematic, and appropriate within the context of the narrative.

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As we talked about in our last blog post, we’re always looking for people to help out with the project. If that’s something that seems interesting to you, feel free to send us an email at team@blacknoisesoma.com, or reach out to us through any of our social media. We’ll try to make sure to respond to everyone as quickly as possible!


Addendum

Considering it's been over a year since you've last heard from us, we didn’t quite manage to meet the “2023” release goal that we set in our trailer—but that doesn’t mean that development on the project has slowed. We've made more progress in 2023 and early 2024 than pretty much any other year, and it’s fantastic to see it all come together. Make sure to keep an eye on our Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, and ModDB for any news and updates regarding the project as it progresses. Until then, we remain hard at work fully realizing Black Noise, and we hope that you’re as excited about what's to come as we are.

Delenda Est.

Progress Update - March 2023

Progress Update - March 2023

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A brief update and retrospective about our new trailer, what we've been up to, and how we're looking to expand our team.

A Special Announcement

A Special Announcement

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A special announcement for the upcoming SOMA mod Black Noise.

Progress update - October 2021

Progress update - October 2021

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Further updates on the status of project Black Noise.

Progress update - June 2019

Progress update - June 2019

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Update on the development of the Soma mod Black Noise.

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Argoon
Argoon - - 1,078 comments

Awesome news looks to be shaping up to be a nice game/mod. :)

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Guest
Guest - - 693,217 comments

happy to see the project is still going!

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Guest
Guest - - 693,217 comments

can't wait for this to come out, been rewatching the trailer quite often now.

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Guest
Guest - - 693,217 comments

Looks like this is dead which is a shame because it looks amazing.

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artificialparanoia Creator
artificialparanoia - - 3 comments

We're still going strong! Just haven't been active on this page as of late. They'll be some exciting goodies coming up soon along with a bit of news, so keep an eye out.

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Guest
Guest - - 693,217 comments

Doing A Great Job I Hope It Releases Some Day Im Always Patient Of Black Noise

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Guest
Guest - - 693,217 comments

Alive?

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mrpaolodev
mrpaolodev - - 9 comments

discord server?

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Guest - - 693,217 comments

Alive?

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Art_Master
Art_Master - - 1 comments

Yooooooooo, I love the flare and torch model! Would be a shame if I replaced them. *MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA intensifies*

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