A Quiet Place is now a new branch of survival horror, a recent press release reveals. Saber Interactive and iLLOGIKA are collaborating with EP1T0ME on a single-player Outlast x Dead Space experience set in the world of Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place. It features an original story made to immerse players in the dystopian landscape of futuristic Earth where sightless, man-eating aliens govern the social order. Described by EP1T0ME as chiefly story-driven, the game is Paramount’s response to fans longing for more adventures set in the same universe. And what better way to improve on an already teeming mythology than to have the audience create their own adventures and relive the horrors firsthand?
“The A Quiet Place video game will let fans experience the tension of the films with a level of immersion they’ve never felt before,” iLLOGIKA creative director Hervé Sliwa writes. “We’re excited to work with EP1T0ME and to team up with Saber Interactive to share this unique vision of hope and horror with players everywhere in the future.” Todd Hollenshead, head of publishing at Saber Interactive, adds: “The amazing success of the A Quiet Place movies makes it clear audiences are hungry for more adventures in this universe, and iLLOGIKA is creating their own truly engaging experience that lives up to the name of this beloved property. We are proud to say that A Quiet Place is the first game we will be releasing by an external studio from the growing Saber publishing label.”
A Quiet Place is set in post-apocalyptic Earth; sightless monsters with a taste for human flesh have successfully overrun the world’s cities after a widespread alien invasion manages to devastate all life on the planet. As modern society quickly falls into disrepair, one family — the Abbotts — risks life and limb to prepare for a new baby. They had just lost their youngest, Beau, to an unfortunate accident and are determined to start over. When Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) finally goes into labor, all hell breaks loose as Lee Abbott (Krasinski) fights to keep the family together. The aliens soon converge on their little farm, forcing even their young children, Regan and Marcus, to make necessary sacrifices.
The original version of A Quiet Place penned by Woods and Beck before John Krasinski signed on as actor, director, and co-writer included more emotional arcs between Lee and Regan (John and April originally) in place of suspense-heavy action sequences. Regan (Millicent Simmonds) was initially much younger; she resented her father for never taking the time to speak with her. Beau didn’t exist in Woods and Beck’s iteration of the script. Instead, it had Iris, the family’s eldest sibling, whose unexpected passing in a car accident turned John into a hardened recluse and April into a defiant mute.
Father and daughter’s tempestuous relationship eventually peaked while Mia (Evelyn in the film) endured labor; the sounds attracted the aliens, splitting the family across a blinding cornfield. The first version of A Quiet Place was all about John and April — a pair left broken by tragedy, only to rediscover their bonds as they scrambled, helplessly, to protect each other. This character arc lent John’s Act 3 sacrifice more necessary gravitas than Krasinski’s revision was able to afford Lee and Regan in the movie version.
Woods and Beck’s original take on the film is just one of many ways Saber Interactive, iLLOGIKA, and EP1T0ME can expand the lore of A Quiet Place beyond what John Krasinski was able to visualize in 2018. The universe the narrative is set in has numerous shades to it that deserve their own place in the timeline; it’s essentially a story that could go on forever. The alien invasion depicted in the original may even find an appropriate conclusion in the tie-in video game, allowing audiences to physically wrench control and see A Quiet Place to its end themselves.
And the studios involved are more than qualified to handle the layers required. iLLOGIKA’s team boasts veterans from Rainbow Six and Far Cry; Saber Entertainment made World War Z and is currently developing Evil Dead: The Game. When it comes to wide open-world spaces, survival horror, and choose-your-own-adventure types, this team is well-equipped to blow this project out of the water. According to the game’s official website, A Quiet Place comes out sometime next year.