The immersive gameplay of psychological thriller Martha Is Dead

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hi friends! I’m Tommaso Bonani, Technical Director at Caracal Games, we’re collaborating closely with publisher Wired Productions on the upcoming psychological thriller, Martha Is Dead. I’m here today for two very important reasons, first, to share the exciting news that the game is launching on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on February 24, 2022 – and second, to talk about how we’ve used PS5 technology. How’s that taken advantage of, including a DualSense wireless controller to immerse players in the game.

For those of you new to the game, Martha Is Dead is a first-person psychological thriller from LKA, who is known for creating reality-based fiction games. Set in 1940s Italy during World War II, the game explores a tumultuous period of history from the perspective of a family that has turned their world upside down.


Martha is dead, and playing as her twin sister Giulia, you must unravel the story and seek the truth in a world beset by mysterious folklore, superstition, and the extreme horrors of war.

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The immersive features of the DualSense controller provided powerful new ways to draw players into this psychological experience. For example, in moments of heightened tension and fear, players feel the hero’s increased heartbeat. Players can also feel the difference in character’s footprints in different areas. Our aim was to help players feel Giulia’s movement and emotions as she explores and discovers clues.

Resistance to adaptive triggers lets us draw players further into the dark world. For example, taking pictures with the protagonist’s vintage 1940s camera feels more tactical thanks to triggers. This is important, as photography plays a key role in uncovering the prevailing mystery.

The PS5’s 3D audio lets us surround players in the unnerving world of Martha Is Dead. This effect is combined with the speakers of the DualSense controller to emit sounds in unexpected ways throughout the environment. For example, hear a conversation from a phone call or the click of a lighter through the controller’s speaker.

We can’t wait for you to experience all this and more from February 24th, 2022. In the meantime, check out Martha Is Dead for more details. Coming soon, and thanks for reading!

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