Slender: The Eight Pages was one of the more beguiling successes of last year—a weird, super low-rent thriller that combined the popular Slenderman mythos with simple jump-scare design. Its stripped-down look and basic design were part of the appeal.
Its sequel, the upcoming Slender: The Arrival, looks to have upped the ante in just about every way you would expect. Better graphics, multiple areas to explore, and a story from the writers of the popular Marble Hornets series of Slenderman videos.
More isn't always better, of course, especially when it comes to horror. But after spending a little bit of time messing around in the game's new beta, it would seem that at the very least, an up-res'd version of the original isn't half bad.
As far as I can tell, that's more or less what the beta is—an up res'd version of the original game. The entire Arrival will be out on March 26, and if you pre-order through the game's site for $5, you'll get the game and instant access to the beta, which is what I'm playing in the video above.
I decided to start recording as I came up out of a valley toward an area full of barrels. (The game itself is viewed as if through a handheld camera, a la Marble Hornets.) I didn't know what would happen next; indeed, I was actually curious if there was any real threat the beta, or if it was just to show off the new graphics. So… see for yourself. At the end, you have to imagine me going "OKAY THEN!" in a louder-than-I'd-intended voice.