Tormented Souls Developer Talks About DualSense and How It Could Change Horror Games

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Tormented Souls developers Gabrial and German Araneda spoke to how they could use the PS5’s DualSense controller to improve immersion in horror.

In a new interview with SegmentNext, Gabriel and German Araneda, the duo who lead Dual Effect Games, spoke a bit about the PS5’s DualSense controller. The team is currently working on Tormented Souls, a throwback to classic survival horror games. The game isn’t confirmed for next-gen consoles yet. However, the Araneda’s are obviously thinking about what they could do with the next-gen controller. Give the game’s trailer a watch below, if you haven’t seen it yet.

In the interview, the devs say the DualSense could be “transcendent for horror games” on the PS5. They point to how teams could use the controller to simulate a spider’s leg wriggling against your palm as you try to solve a puzzle. That ability to add extra sensation into development sounds like one of the better use-cases for the DualSense we’ve heard so far.

Outside of this interview, the only thing that’s really gotten me interested in the DualSense is how Deathloop plans to use it. There, the devs are using the new triggers to simulate a gun jamming. So, when it happens, the trigger locks in place. Features like that will really add to immersion in PS5 games.

Of course, without more people getting hands-on with the DualSense, we don’t really know how well these things translate. To be clear, the ideas for Tormented Souls and Deathloop both sound incredible. However, for now, they’re just ideas. Hopefully, the controller gets out to a wider audience soon.

Tormented Souls is scheduled for Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2021. A PS5 or Xbox Series X release hasn’t been announced yet, but wouldn’t be surprising. Granted, those consoles actually need a release date first, but hopefully, those are coming soon.

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