Welsh folklore now has a chance to terrify us
Halloween may be over, but that does not mean that the spooky times are. There has been a new game announced; a horror, if you couldn’t guess. It is called The Maid Sker which you may or may not have heard of. It is an old Welsh tale that is now the basis for this Wales Interactive game.
If you have yet to hear the tale then get yourself some popcorn, because this one is a doozy. First off, it’s based on a “true” story. If you do believe in spooks, then it’s true. If you do not, then it’s fictional. You decide.
Elizabeth Williams and Thomas Evans were in love and planned to be married. Isn’t that sweet? Well not really because when her father found out about it, he wasn’t exactly happy. Evans was just a musician after all and this was anywhere from 800-900 years ago. Meaning Elizabeth’s father pretty much had complete control over her. So instead of being a rational adult, he locked Elizabeth away in her bedroom.
Since she was unable to leave and could not marry the man she loved, he father found someone else for her. She was forced to marry him even though she cared nothing for him and eventually died. No one really knows of what, but the general consensus is a broken heart. If that can actually kill you that is.
Like I said earlier, this is a true story. The castle still stands to this very day and is considered to be one of the most haunted buildings in the UK. Elizabeth is, of course, the one haunting the house and her ghost is most often seen and heard in the bedroom. It’s not a pleasant story, but if you want horror, this story gives it to you.
This tale started off as Welsh ballad called Y Ferch o’r Sger and inspired a novel titled The Maid of Sker by R.D. Blackmore in 1872. Blackmore also wrote Lorna Doone which I do not care for so let’s hope this will be a bit better. The game is taking inspiration from both the ballad and the novel.
Now let’s get into what little we know of the gameplay. You play as Thomas Evans claiming that he has to rescue the love of his life. Here’s the problem. He gets into the house and everything is freaking creepy. The world keeps changing, blurring the lines between reality and fiction. At first, you may walk into a creepy, poorly lit room. Then just for a second, you see bodies hanging from the ceiling. There has been nothing said, but there might be a sanity issue to keep track of to keep the visions to a minimum.
This will be a first person, stealth survival horror game. There is no way to fight against anything in the house. You can run and hide, you can distract them, but there is no way to kill them. I say them, but no one really knows what you’ll be hiding from. Perhaps it’s the enraged ghost of Elizabeth. Perhaps her father will be stalking you. Maybe the mansion was haunted even before Elizabeth dies. There is no way to tell just yet.
There are also different clues and storylines to follow throughout the house, meaning that there will also be multiple endings to discover. So whatever things you choose to delve into will change the ending of your game. It also makes the game more fun to play more than once if you can stand being hunted by god only knows what several times.
The Maid of Sker is set to be released sometime in the third quarter of 2019 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
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