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A UE5-Powered Horror Game That Requires You to Stay Quiet

You scream, you lose.

Ahead of 2023's "spooky season", a duo of Indie Game Developers known as Joure and Joe has officially announced Don't Scream, an upcoming short horror experience powered by Unreal Engine 5 inspired by '90s-style camcorder found footage.

On its surface, the game offers a rather simple challenge – to explore a mysterious and photorealistic Pineview Forest for 18 minutes. There's an interesting twist, however, as Don't Scream requires you to stay quiet in real life – react to jumpscares by screaming too loud, and it's "Game Over" for you. As you might have guessed, the game mandates the use of a microphone while playing.

Moreover, time only progresses as you move, and you cannot predict when the jumpscares will occur, meaning it won't be possible to cheese the game by standing still. Moreover, Don't Scream allows you to calibrate your microphone in-game so that even the slightest whimper or minor squeak is recognized as a scream, further increasing the challenge.


  • Calibrate Your Microphone: Set it up in-game. It's not just tech setup; it defines your challenge. A mere squeak or quiet gasp should be flagged as a scream, causing you to restart.
  • Mind Your Voice: You can talk during gameplay, but keep it low – slightly softer than normal.
  • Play Fair: You could bypass calibration to shout through scares, but it'd spoil the thrill. For a genuine horror experience, play as designed.

Don't Scream is set to be released later this year. You can learn more and wishlist the game on Steam. Also, don't forget to join our 80 Level Talent platform and our Telegram channel, follow us on InstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn, where we share breakdowns, the latest news, awesome artworks, and more.

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