At long last, it looks like Dollhouse will be seeing the light of day this year. In an announcement earlier today, publisher SOEDESCO confirmed that the survival horror game is set to release for both PlayStation 4 and PC sometime in 2019. This turn of events is sure to delight the horror aficionados who’ve been following the game, but this is also great news for more casual the genre. This is because Dollhouse’s developers have been trying to make something a bit different from the usual horror experience.
Dollhouse is not a new project; it’s been around in some form since 2013, but it was only in the last year or so that it finally entered into its final phases. SOEDESCO took on publishing duties back in May 2018, and the game entered its first closed beta about three months later in September. So, signs are good that they’ll be able to deliver the game this year. One could speculate all day as to what exactly took so long, and there’s sure to be many contributing factors. That said the biggest one has to be scope; Dollhouse is sporting a lot of features and interesting ideas for a horror game.
The game’s single-player campaign puts players in the shoes of Marie, an amnesiac detective living in 1950’s Hollywood. She’s lost just about all the details concerning her former self, but there is one thing she’s absolutely certain of: her daughter has been murdered, and something evil is pursuing her. In order to piece together what’s happening, she’ll need to make use of a variety of abilities and powers, including one that let’s her see through her pursuer’s eyes.
Second-person gameplay is already quite rare, with only a few titles like 2003’s Siren making any extensive use of it. Dollhouse doesn’t stop there though; players will supposedly have access to over 40 active and passive abilities as they piece their way through the story. The game also features a competitive multiplayer mode wherein players can choose from any of 14 different characters, each with different backstories and targets. With all that in mind, saying Dollhouse is an ambitious game feels like a bit of an understatement. It’s had plenty of time in development though, so hopefully it’ll have a nice smooth launch later this year.
Dollhouse is set to release for PC and PlayStation 4 sometime in 2019.