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Through the Woods
Genre: Adventure, Horror
Platforms: PC
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Mar 18, 2014 @ 7:58am
Dec 29, 2014 @ 11:30am
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Through the Woods Greenlit
New teaser, screenshots and more news from Antagonist
Release date: Third quarter 2015

THROUGH THE WOODS is a third-person horror adventure game set in a forest on the west coast of Norway. It tells a personal and difficult/serious story, in a setting inspired by Norwegian fables and Norse mythology. A mother is being interrogated by a man. She is asked a simple yet difficult question: “Where is your son?” The mother begins to tell her story, and the game starts. This is the story that you take part in. Playing as the mother, you must find your way through the woods, and to your son.

Your only security is a flashlight, which you must carefully decide when to use. The forest is dark, and a little light helps with navigating, but it also makes you more visible to the unknown things that lurk in the darkness. Switching off the flashlight may be safer, and it lets the protagonist focus her other senses on avoiding danger, but it makes navigation difficult.

The game's narrative is delivered through the dialogue in the interrogation room, describing the player’s actions in past tense, slowly unfolding the mystery surrounding the mother and her son. Instead of focusing on "jumpscares," the game is meant to instill a lasting sense of dread in the player. The terror comes in a slow drip, as part of a narrative and interactive experience, with fear and melancholia as the two opposing points of the emotional spectrum.

The idea for THROUGH THE WOODS first came in 2009 and has since simmered in the back of our minds. It wasn't until September 2013 that Antagonist started on the production of the game. Our aim is to make people afraid of the forest again; we want you to do that double take as you pass that thicket in the woods after having played our game.

With this game we seek to capture the forest as you saw it as a child, with every dark and mystic feature it can convey. And to not feel the need to explain everything that happens with logical reasons. Can you really feel certain about who or what lives deep inside the forest?

Be afraid of what happens when you're walking THROUGH THE WOODS, but prepare to be petrified of what's on the other side

  • Clever use of dialogue that tells the story in the present, putting the player's actions into past tense.
  • Environments and story inspired by Norwegian art and nature, and Norse Mythology.
  • Heavy focus on audio-design as part of the core mechanic.
  • Creative use of light and darkness, making your expectations play tricks on you.
  • A profound experience that will leave you feeling as if waking up from a nightmare.

Antagonist is a small indie game studio based in Oslo, Norway. We're a diverse bunch with experience from a wide variety of fields, and we're also collaborating with people from high-profile productions.
Our company credo is “To make great story-driven games, without sacrificing gameplay for story.”

Popular Discussions View All (1)
Apr 20, 2014 @ 3:21am
Did you will support Linux (SteamOS)?
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Antagonist  [author] Jan 19 @ 1:22pm 
@Fyndulia: Thank you SO very much for your really kind words. The whole office lit up when we read your comment out loud! :)
Makes us happy that people are excited for Through the Woods!
Fyndulia Jan 16 @ 2:37pm 
Of all the games I voted for on Greenlight, this one always had a special place in my memory as the very first trailer succeeded in freaking me out within a few seconds. I'm really glad to see that you are doing a great job on Through the Woods! I'm looking forward to play it!
lightnair Nov 4, 2014 @ 8:40pm 
nice moott
Matriac  [author] Oct 29, 2014 @ 12:12pm 
Hey Greenlight Community!

We just posted a new teaser-trailer and added some new screenshots.
Let us know what you think!

Check out the recent announcements for more news as well.
Vikingen Engebret Oct 5, 2014 @ 5:08am 
@GVPX Well i tried the trial version and its just walking trough a sary forest with alot of scares, tense and jumpscares, and these guys make them good. You also have to solve puzzles, so its not like the forest.
Cpt.Dahl Sep 28, 2014 @ 9:56am 
Have big faith in your game after yesterdays presentation. Scary looking game.
Milenko Sep 21, 2014 @ 3:49pm 
need more than shots of a lake and a spooky story.
voting later
[QW] Knohen Aug 28, 2014 @ 12:27am 
Interesting game, if there will be a Russian voice, it would be nice)
GVPX Aug 22, 2014 @ 12:10pm 
What makes this game different from The Forrest?

There's no game play anywhere to be found so it's a unknown at this point. The graphics seem ok for what's on display but it's a cut scene so it still doesn't give a true idea of game play graphics or physics. I assume they would be close to the trailer video but it's still such a small sample size to get a true appreciation.

I like the idea of a story driven game but the story itself has a very unoriginal and over saturated feel too it. "Stuck alone on a mysterious island with a flashlight"

It's a no from me. It seems like you're on the right track but you're walking into a flooded genre where there's already several Indie titles with the exact same idea.

КиберЛёшенька Aug 19, 2014 @ 5:29pm