The Inpatient

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The Inpatient
The Inpatient box art.jpg
Developer(s)Supermassive Games
Publisher(s)Sony Interactive Entertainment
Director(s)Nik Bowen
Producer(s)Andy Nuttall
Designer(s)
  • Steve Goss
  • Wayne Garland
Programmer(s)
  • Prasanna Jeganathan
  • David Harvey
Artist(s)Ian Palmer
Writer(s)
EngineUnreal Engine 4
Platform(s)PlayStation 4
Release
  • NA: 23 January 2018
  • EU: 24 January 2018
Genre(s)Survival horror
Mode(s)Single-player

The Inpatient is a psychological horror video game developed by Supermassive Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 4 and its virtual reality headset PlayStation VR. The game was released in January 2018.

It is a prequel to the 2015 game Until Dawn, set 60 years before the events of the original game. Unlike Until Dawn, it uses a first-person perspective.

Gameplay[edit]

The Inpatient is a survival horror game played from a first-person perspective. The player controls a patient—whose gender is subject to choice—suffering from amnesia within the Blackwood Sanatorium, and intent on reclaiming their memories. The player character's entire body is visible, should the player gaze down with the PlayStation VR headset. Non-player characters are caused to react via voice recognition. The outcome of the story is entirely consequent upon the decisions that are made.[1][2]

Development[edit]

The developer of The Inpatient is Supermassive Games,[3] who uses the Unreal Engine 4 in its creation.[4] The game acts as a prequel to 2015's Until Dawn, set inside the Blackwood Sanatorium sixty years prior to the events of the original. Nik Bowen, Graham Reznick and Larry Fessenden returned as director and writers, respectively. In order to subconsciously draw players into the story, Supermassive Games employed elements of psychological horror, which included them rendering three-dimensional binaural audio to supplement the visuals.[2]

Release[edit]

It was announced with a teaser trailer at E3 2017, set to be released as a PlayStation 4 exclusive with support for PlayStation VR[5] on 21 November 2017 in North America[6] and 22 November in Europe.[7] It was later delayed to 23 January 2018 in North America and 24 January in Europe.[8][9]

Reception[edit]

The Inpatient received polarizing reviews from professional gaming critics, earning a "mixed or average" score of 59 on review aggregate website Metacritic based on 55 reviews.[10] Common praise was aimed at the game's presentation and atmosphere, while the game's slow pace and a lack of diversity in gameplay was often cited as a negative.

The game was nominated for "Sound Design" at the 2018 Develop Awards,[11] and for "Best Audio Design" and "Visual Design" at The Independent Game Developers' Association Awards 2018.[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Romano, Sal (12 June 2017). "Sony and Supermassive Games announce The Inpatient for PlayStation VR". Gematsu.
  2. ^ a b Bowen, Nik (12 June 2017). "The Inpatient Announced for PS VR, Set 60 Years Before Until Dawn". PlayStation Blog. Sony Interactive Entertainment.
  3. ^ Carter, Chris (12 June 2017). "Until Dawn developer is working on the unsettling, VR 'Inpatient'". Destructoid. ModernMethod.
  4. ^ Kayser, Daniel (23 June 2017). "Unreal Engine Developers Were Everywhere at E3 2017". Unreal Engine.
  5. ^ Hardawar, Devindra (13 June 2017). "'The Inpatient' takes you into a mental asylum on PlayStation VR". Engadget. AOL.
  6. ^ Harris, Simon (29 August 2017). "The Inpatient, Bravo Team Release Dates Confirmed for Later This Year". PlayStation Blog.
  7. ^ Harris, Simon (29 August 2017). "The Inpatient and Bravo Team release dates announced for PS VR". PlayStation Blog.
  8. ^ Espineli, Matt (23 January 2018). "All The PS4, Xbox One, Switch, And PC Game Release Dates In Jan 2018". GameSpot.
  9. ^ PlayStation Europe (10 November 2017). "The release dates for #PlayStationVR titles The Inpatient and Bravo Team have moved". Twitter.
  10. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-4/the-inpatient/critic-reviews
  11. ^ MCV staff (21 May 2018). "Announcing the Develop Awards 2018 nominations shortlist". The Market for Computer & Video Games.
  12. ^ Stephenson, Suzi (19 September 2018). "TIGA Announces Games Industry Awards 2018 Finalists". The Independent Game Developers' Association. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  13. ^ "2018 Winners". The Independent Game Developers' Association. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.

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