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The more you play 'Hello Neighbor,' the smarter its villain gets

Engadget Engadget 30/09/2016 Mariella Moon
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In an upcoming horror PC game called Hello Neighbor, you play a character with voyeuristic tendencies. You're obsessed with sneaking into your suspicious next-door neighbor's house to see what secrets he's hiding in his basement, sort of like Tom Hanks in the '80s film The 'Burbs. What makes the thriller game fun to play, though, is that your secretive, shady neighbor AI will go after you if he sees you snooping. He even learns from the way you play, taking every mistake you make into account to get better and better at catching you.

He'll install CCTV cameras if you once snuck in from his front door, for instance, and memorize the shortcuts you'd taken while running from him in the past. It's as if you're actually repeatedly sneaking into the house of a real person, who's getting real tired of your antics. You win once you reach your neighbor's basement and reveal his secret despite all the traps he laid out.

The game's website explains:

"The Neighbor gathers all the information about the player's actions, decisions, movements etc. Having analyzed it, he comes up with counter-actions, traps and a unique tactics against the player. The more one plays, the more experienced the Neighbor becomes."

Hello Neighbor will be available in summer 2017 for Windows PCs, but you can sign up now for the alpha testing right here.

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