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Will you be Chasing Static with the latest twisted psychological horror game on console?

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Sold as a psychological horror short story, Chasing Static releases on console, whisking players off to the depths of rural Wales, as they hope to uncover the secrets within. 

Coming from the Headware Games and Ratalaika Games teams, Chasing Static is a twisted horror affair in which players on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch will finally have the opportunity to discover what PC players have had access to for some time. See, Chasing Static has done the rounds on PC for a while – Steam release back in 2021 having gained some ‘Positive’ review traction – but now it’s time to move to console. Initially that Steam launch was meant to be accompanied by a console release, but now some two years later, we’re finally well up for the mysteries that it brings. In fact, we’re so up for Chasing Static that we found a spot for it in our Up Next article for January 2023, detailing the most exciting releases of the month.

Chasing Static drops us into the darkest of woods, somewhere in rural North Wales as one Chris Selwood looks to attend the funeral of his late dad. But a quick coffee stop sees the list of Chris fast change as a mysterious force throws him into shock, unconscious. He awakes to find the world around him has changed. 

It’s here where Chris delves into the pages of his father’s journal, trying to work out what the hell has gone on around him. Thankfully he’s got more tools too, a Frequency Displacement Monitoring Device for instance; something that sounds like it’s been ripped straight out of the Ghostbusters rule book. 

We won’t go into too many details here, saving the best parts for our full review of Chasing Static on Xbox, but you should be prepared to wander some dark woods, to explore some abandoned buildings and to traverse a ghostly town as Chasing Static plays out. Having conversations with the long dead is just par for the course. 

“After so many people played Chasing Static on PC, it’s my honor to invite console players on PlayStation, Nintendo, and Xbox to my Welsh nightmare,” said Nathan Hamley, Founder, Headware Games. “Having my game on the platforms that hosted the inspirational games of my youth still feels surreal.”

Key game features include:

  • * Sonic Exploration – Audio driven gameplay mechanics have you hunting anomalies with an experimental Frequency Displacement Monitoring Device.
  • * Lo-Fi, Hi-Fi – Crunchy low poly visuals reminiscent of classics with full voice acting, high quality sound design and a modern approach to gameplay.
  • * Non-Linear Gameplay – Explore the world of Chasing Static at your own pace, uncovering it’s secrets in any order you please.

Chasing Static is available from the Xbox Store for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S today for £12.99. It comes with Xbox Smart Delivery in tow, meaning that you’ll find yourself playing the best version for your own console, whilst full new-gen optimisation is there too. You’ll find the game on PlayStation, Switch, and of course, PC via Steam too. 

Let us know if you decide to go deep into the Welsh woods with Chasing Static. The comments are below. 

Game Description:

In the dead of night a fierce storm rages across North Wales. Miles from any town, Chris Selwood seeks refuge in a remote roadside café. Shortly thereafter Chris experiences a horrific sight as he finds the café waitress pinned to the ceiling by something with fierce glowing eyes, he passes out waking up to the dusty old abandoned remains of the café. Inspired by 80s Sci-Fi horror and contemporary surrealist cinema, Chasing Static delivers a unique take on the narrative adventure genre through new audio driven gameplay mechanics and non-linear exploration.

Neil Watton
Neil Wattonhttps://www.thexboxhub.com/
An Xbox gamer since 2002, I bought the big black box just to play Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. I have since loved every second of the 360's life and am now just as obsessed with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S - mostly with the brilliant indie scene that has come to the fore. Gamertag is neil363, feel free to add me to your list.
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