Studio founder Hasan Kahraman replied to a tweet (opens in new tab) recently which confirmed that the leaked images were real, but that they come from a 2019 version of the game, which Kahraman states “was a lot different back then” and was used to test the PS4’s power.
Well, the 2019 version was a lot different back then. But it was to test the PS4’s max power. It was running on PS4 Pro with native 3840 x 2160 resolution targeting 60 FPS with 8k textures. It did work but the PS4 version wasn’t powerful enough to create a full game.August 4, 2021
The three screenshots (opens in new tab) in question don't give much away due to how dark they are. However, they appear to be taken in an outdoor forest setting in the game, which has a similar feel to Bloober Team’s 2019 horror game Blair Witch.
One thing we did notice, however, in the screenshot containing the brick wall, is that when the brightness level is brought up, a large, quite prominent mushroom is visible. That could be part of some kind of collectible or crafting mechanic in the game - similar to the survival horror game The Forest.
If you boost the levels on those leaked Abandoned screens there's a big obvious mushroom that screams 'collectible food item'. Makes me think this is going to be a horror themed survival craft-em-up. pic.twitter.com/fdykLCpvw5August 5, 2021
Abandoned, as well as its developer Blue Box Game Studio, has been surrounded by mystery ever since the game was first revealed via the PlayStation official Twitter account. There has been a number of rumors that the game, as well as the studio, is a coverup for Hideo Kojima’s next horror project. That speculation spread so quickly that Blue Box had to put out a statement denying the claims. Despite the team's efforts, however, Kojima theories continue to plague the studio.
As these photos are supposedly from an older build of the game, it’s possible that it no longer looks anything like this. The studio is releasing Abandoned’s first trailer this month through a PS5 exclusive app so we’ll have to stay tuned to find out if our crafting theory is true, as well as what the game will actually look like when released.
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