Six key developers behind the games F.E.A.R. and No One Lives Forever have spent nearly a year developing a first-person shooter in secret. The result being Betrayer, an eerily stylized game set in the haunted past of colonial-era Virginia.

The game focuses around the mysterious abandoned British settlement. Players collect clues from gravestones, artifacts and other evidence from the world to piece together what happened. The game's narrative was partly inspired by real-world mysteries like the disappearance of the Roanoke Colony in the late 1500s.

The monochrome setting can be striking at first, as most of the world is black and white. Objects and enemies show up red; this wasn't in the initial development but the team found that it kept up the tension of the game. The visual tension is paired with the intentional low-information approach that forces the player to explore without the benefit of a HUD or waypoints; players are given auditory clues to where they will find their next piece of the puzzle.

Betrayer is set to drop on Steam's Early Access on August 14 for $15. For more information check out Blackpowder Games official website.

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[Via PCGamer]