Sadness concept art from across le Ponde

What the hell is she doing?!

I’ll be the first to say that I don’t like survival horror. I’m a tiny little girl. Even my avatar scares me. That being said, I can’t figure out why I’m so stoked about Sadness, from Polish developer NIBRIS. Details up until now have been scant, and I had kind of forgotten about it until this sick concept art showed up on NGCFrance.

This game is going to be creepy, as you can tell. Either this woman above is cutting her hair, or stabbing herself in the frontal lobe — either way, I’m getting a serious Samara vibe. The devs are saying that this game isn’t for the weak of heart, and requires you to be 21 before entering the game’s website.

For those of you who don’t know, Sadness takes place in the Balkans on the eve of World War I, and centers around a woman and her narcoleptic son. It, according to NIBRIS, will deal with schizophrenia and nyctophobia (fear of the dark).

The game is supposed to be in black and white, but there also seems to be a great deal of color in that shot of the roses. I can’t imagine this stark contrast not being significant. As is NIBRIS’ usual M.O., we’re just going to have to speculate, since they’re not telling us much. So, check the gallery for some new images and hit the jump for the Sadness trailer, in case you missed it.

[Via NGCFrance]

Thanks for the tip, BlindsideDork!

Joseph Leray