What you need to know

  • Microsoft just announced Blair Witch for Xbox One and PC.
  • It's a first-person psychological horror experience that is similar to Outlast.
  • It's coming to the platforms on August 30.
  • Blair Witch will launch on Xbox Game Pass the same day and is available to preorder now for $30.

A game inspired by the Blair Witch Project, the famous horror film franchise, is coming to Xbox One and PC, and will be available on Xbox Game Pass at launch. This was announced today at the Microsoft E3 2019 Briefing in Los Angeles. The game is set in 1996 and you play as a detective. The footage involved searching the woods at night with a flashlight, a dog at your side. The video suggested that the game will place the player in the same kind of eerie vulnerability which was the hallmark of the "recovered footage" style of the 1999 film.

Blair Witch is a first-person experience where you have to search for a missing boy. According to the developer, he "disappears in the Black Hills Forest in Maryland. As Ellis, you join the search. What starts as an ordinary investigation turns into an endless nightmare as you confront your fears and the Blair Witch."

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Blair Witch is coming to Xbox One and PC on August 30. It's unclear how long the experience is, but from the trailer, the game looks like it features high production values. It should be available for preorder shortly. Microsoft doesn't have a lot of horror games in its catalog, so this one should make a great addition.

Into the woods

Blair Witch

Blair Witch will return players to 1996, treading the same ground as the 1999 film that was a breakout success for the "found-footage" genre of horror.

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