The Black Maze Cometh
So, we think we can learn a lot from running the Black Maze as a kind of first phase to Hyde. The Black Maze isn't a full bio-activated maze like Hyde, It's a dark maze. A maze you have to navigate in the blinding night. Something we've learned through the years of making real word games is to set clear goals for your development stages. It's all too easy to get over excited and over deliver. In this case what we don't want to do is to turn The Black Maze in to Hyde. So the Black Maze is not a series of rooms Like Hyde. The Black Maze will not give you super powers like Hyde. The Black Maze is simple, it asks you: can you find your way in the dark? Can you stop your heart racing. We will measure your heart rate. We will start the game by giving you the time it takes for your heart to beat 1000 times. We will then send you in to the maze. Into the darkness. How far you get is up to you. With each beat of your heart your time diminishes. The more your heart races the faster your time goes down.
But what's in the maze, what will you find as you grope your way in to the gloom? can you tell the difference between the sound of a threat and a real threat? Could you cross a bridge without sight? Could you crawl your way through a fetid tunnel if that was the only way forward? What are your limits? What was that that touched your face? what makes you afraid. Where do you find your strength. Who do you trust?
If we are going to make Hyde a maze that responds to your fear we will need to spend some time learning what you're afraid of the most.
The Black Maze is a descent in to fear and darkness. It offers you a simple challenge; how far can you get with 1000 heart beats in the dark?
Best of all though is that the Black Maze is something we can deliver now. So we are going to release the Black Maze to you this year. This November, in fact, we will build a Black Maze in London, with opening scheduled for December. Something scary for Christmas. If that's not where you live, let us know where you are and if the interest is strong enough we will build a maze near you.
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