Frictional Games’ new thing is named SOMA, though it looks like it could just as easily be SOPA. The indie terror specialists have chosen to allude to its themes with a lengthy live-action trailer about a blacked-out monitor, you see, attached to the strangest desktop PC you’ve ever seen.
For a while it seems like J.K. Simmons might march in and transform this into a hammy Red Alert cutscene, but the trailer eventually reveals itself to be that other thing sci-fi does well: cold horror.
The sparse teaser site discloses a little about the machine’s origins on a research mission, and the unease and chaos it has caused for its new owners since.
“Keep an eye out for personality deviation,” reads a memo. “When able, always meet in person.”
Oo-err. Have we just witnessed ground zero of a System Shock-style space incident?