Seeing the Forest for the Trees
The beautiful and deep horror game 'Beyond the Oaks' is a third-person shooter game that takes place in a remote stretch of forest and mountain range. After a mysterious object crashes down to earth, causing you to fall down into the entrancing forest, you journey on foot beyond the sturdy old oak trees. With an active volcano, an eruption of powerful dark magic, and a mysterious legend, what lies beyond the oaks is up to you to discover. An exact date will be announced soon.
Travel into unknown territories fighting your way through ancient and mysterious witch-infested lands. Like The Ice Cliffs, Wandering Woods, The Village, and the each Complex Witch den.
- Beyond the Oaks is an Action Adventure, Story-driven game. While most games in this genre focus their game play around cut scene, shooting section, climbing section, rinse and repeat. Often using repetitive game play and restrictive mechanics, we are focused on creating Beyond The Oaks to be different. By building our game world around the story, it opens up the restrictive game play, and allows the players to progress through the world how they want. Through landscape and level design, the progression of the story depends on the players’ progression through the world.
- New friends along the way. BTO mixes sci-fi and horror, with fantasy elements and uses magic and technology as a contrasting theme. It makes players question: what is magic; what is technology? And do they need to be controlled... or freed? Our story follows it’s protagonist Andrew, who, finds himself in a mysterious forest with a strange world clutched in by the grasp of an ancient curse, and the re-emergence of three powerful witch sisters. Andrew finds a small village, divided and without a leader, where a wise old man holds a prophecy within an ancient book, foretelling of the end of time to come at the last witching hour. A futuristic A.I. system within an armored space suit might be the key Andrew needs to free himself and the villagers from the cursed lands, just beyond the old oaks.
- Andrew quickly learns of the gleaming presence of three sister witches, After being exiled from the village, each sister had given up half of their soul to the power of dark magic. This transformed the sisters, melding them together with the elemental forces they were thrown out into, giving them great powers. They summoned an army and began torturing the villagers who had turned their backs on the sisters. With no leader, the village was being torn apart from the outside and from within. Eventually a man arose, gathered the villagers to join together to fight back against the witches. He was proclaimed King: King Philip. After rebuilding the village King Philip gathered the strongest and bravest of the villagers to form the Royal Guard in order to finally put an end to the 'witch sisters three'. But the oldest witch sister knew of the Kings’ plan, and had already prepared. When the King and his Knights arrived at the witches den, a mighty battle ensued. The witch army was twice the size of the royal guard and growing by the minute . The Knights began overtaking the witches, killing the first two sisters. But when the King cut the head off the last and most powerful witch sister, a spell she had placed on herself was released. It spread outward from the cave, killing everyone inside in the initial blast, and then dispersed outward, locking the lands in a never-ending curse, until the day the witch sisters would return.
- After the curse was released and the lands were locked in, the villagers lost all memory of the event, They continued on, never questioning their surroundings and never truly progressing; only decaying slowly, generation by generation. The villagers currently don’t believe in the witches, they think King Philip and the witches are all just a myth or legend. What they didn’t know was that the barrier of the curse had funneled up and out, connecting with the earth's own magnetic field. This caused the barrier to be virtually undetectable from the outside… that is of course, if you are looking for it on earth. But for those in outer space or on other planets, this event was significant. Many people noticed a bright light shining in the sky. On some planets it was even noticeable in the midday sky! This was the perfect excuse for alien pirates and/or space explorers to come through and check things out.