Shropshire production company Ghost Dog's is to launch its new interactive video game I Saw Black Clouds filmed in and around Shrewsbury - with a few familiar local faces!
Filming has taken place in and around Shrewsbury with a variety of locations such as upstairs in The Alb bar, a deserted old house on Abbey Foregate, the old Shelton Hospital, the inside of Lord Hill's Column and the Isle Estate.
Ghost Dog have teamed up with publishing studio Wales Interactive for the interactive psychological thriller I Saw Black Clouds - FILM & VIDEO GAME which will be available 30th March on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC & Mac, with a PS5 and Xbox Series X/S release to follow (date tbc).
I Saw Black Clouds stars Nicole O’Neill - who has previously worked with Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow - as main character Kristina who returns to her hometown looking for answers about the unexpected death of a close friend, only to unearth a string of dark secrets. The cast also features Richard Oliver as Reverend Peter, with Rachel Jackson, Larry Rew, and Aaron Jeffcoate and John Wolskel in supporting roles. Shrewsbury School's Imogen Morgan also features in it and can be heard in the trailer which you can watch below.
Producer Amanda Murray and her writer/director partner Iain Ross previously made retro horror film Crucible of the Vampire (2019) starring English actor Neil Morrissey. For this project they researched the gaming industry to tap into the shift in desire from traditional shooting and fighting games to more emotionally complex games that involve gamers in characters' actions and motivations rather than restricting them to just passively watching. Iain's morally complex narrative interweaves a myriad of storylines and offers a host of alternative endings, with emphasis on how every choice the player makes will have a consequence that will determine the outcome.
Part horror, part psychological thriller I Saw Black Clouds is intended to be unsettling, atmospheric and thought-provoking for players, with themes of guilt, regret and social responsibility.
For a tiny independent company, Ghost Dog punches above its weight with talent and quality production. Stunts were co-ordinated by award-winning Salopian Justin Pearson, whose credits include James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, Peaky Blinders, The Crown, and work in the Star Wars, Avengers and Harry Potter franchises.
There is currently a 10% offer on pre-orders for the game available on Steam here.