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Atlus Sheds Light On Daylight's Story, Environments

It's been a while since we've heard anything about Atlus' horror game, Daylight, but some new details have escaped. We've got new screens from the game that show off some office and sewer areas, as well as a big piece of the game's back story.

A few things have changed since we last played the game. Most prominently, the in-game cell phone has gotten a virtual firmware update. It's still a great light source (battery permitting), but its navigational features have been enhanced. It's now more than a compass, providing a rough map of areas that players have explored. The developers say they don't want players to rely on the map too much, however, adding that it will be subject to "interference." Considering that you're already able to accept calls from ghosts, this should prove to be interesting.

Take a look at the screens in the gallery below to see the new map in action. Much of the game is randomly generated, which should add to the disorienting setting. There are also a few concept-art pieces in the gallery, too, so you can see how things have evolved during the game's development.

Atlus has also provided a reverse timeline showing the history of the game's hospital. Here's that information, straight from the team:

1983 - Present Day
Daylight's main character, Sarah Gwynn wakes up in the lobby of Mid Island Bay Hospital, but we don't know a lot about the history of Mid Island. Prior to present day, the last major interaction with Mid Island was nearly 30 years ago. In the early '80s, Mid Island Bay Hospital was a major interest to the G&C Investments Corp, who had designs on renovating the old hospital and turning it into a high-end hospice catering to the wealthy.

After spending a lot of money with the officials from the township of New Kipling, which claims Mid Island as its own, G&C was in the final stages of completing its due diligence to take control of the island and its property. They sent a team of contractors and experts to do on-site research, but after a short time G&C abruptly cancels the deal and leaves New Kipling altogether. Curious, the township sends in a team to follow up on G&Cs research, discovering, amongst other things, an abandoned excavation site with 12 grave-sized holes dug in the ground.

1948-1983
Mid Island Bay Hospital rots away in obscurity, left as a decrepit relic on the forgotten island. The doctors, nurses, patients, orderlies, and rest of the staff appear to have just left everything and disappeared one afternoon in the late 1940s. Furniture, files, and records were left with no hesitation, leaving a full shell of a hospital to age.

1939-1948
In the late '30s, a tourist steamboat caught fire and capsized off the coast of New Kipling, drowning more than 1,000 passengers. The bodies of the victims washed up on the shores of Mid Island, and the hospital was quickly converted into a makeshift morgue to handle all the corpses. The remaining survivors of the shipwreck were treated at MIBH, but with limited resources and growing costs, the MIBH was unable to recover from the specter of a tragedy of that magnitude. The hospital closed its doors abruptly one day in 1948.

 

Look for Daylight on the PlayStation 4 and PC in 2014. 

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