Fans were devastated when P.T., a critically acclaimed teaser directed by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro, was removed from the PlayStation Network following the abrupt cancellation of Silent Hills. P.T. was well-received by the industry, earning many compliments on its storytelling, atmosphere, and overall creative vision.
It has since then inspired many developers within the gaming community to create their own horrific renditions and Eleanor’s Stairway is one of them. Eleanor’s Stairway is a demo developed by Renato Aruffo that takes inspiration from P.T. and the famous Beatles song, Eleanor Rigby. Initially, it was a small school project for Aruffo that transformed into a playable teaser and now, a game all on its own.
Renato’s teaser was so well-liked by the gaming community that it was greenlit on Steam thus motivating him to complete it. The demo is about three minutes in duration, but it’s long enough to witness the great potential of Eleanor’s Stairway. The game utilizes a combination of stunning visuals, authentic sounds, and spine-tingling events to create a truly engaging experience.
The level of detail and attention spent on creating an atmosphere that propels you while simultaneously gripping you with fear is impressive, making it easy to see why horror game fans from all over anticipate its completion. It begins with fairly simple exploration. Tension builds with every pass through the door at the end of the hallway which promptly sends you back to the start of the stairwell (sound familiar?).
It doesn’t take long for Eleanor to make her appearance and gameplay
In the meantime, we encourage you to try out the playable teaser and support Renato Aruffo in the development of his highly ambitious project. Try out the Eleanor’s Stairway playable teaser on Game Jolt.
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