Absention – Gorgeous Unreal Engine 4 Survival Horror

Archie Paras

Trapped in a time loop where you must relive the same night. Explore the mysterious lake house and discover its dark secrets. But be careful. You are not alone…

You have inherited a lake house from your estranged father who disappeared under suspicious circumstances. After falling asleep after a long day traveling to the isolated house, you wake to the chilling chime of a grandfather clock. Suddenly the power goes out and in the blackness you see glowing eyes of something running at you. You wake up to the haunting chime of the grandfather clock...

In Absention you explore the mysterious lake house that changes it’s layout every time you play. You memorize key events and learn from your mistakes to overcome the terrifying foe that hunts you. You take that reluctant sprint, risking it all in the hopes that this time you live to see a new day. You uncover the mysteries of your past and escape this eternal night or terror.



  • Time loop gameplay
  • Randomized rooms, objects and solutions
  • Single intelligent enemy
  • Oculus Rift VR support
  • Stealth and exploration and puzzle focused
  • Realistic visuals powered by Unreal Engine 4

‘It’s an exciting time to be a survival horror fan. New, innovative hardware and software are now easily accessible to both the developer and consumer” explains Robert Bruce, founder of Dream Wave Games and creator of Absention.

Absention is inspired by true survival horror greats such as Resident Evil, Eternal Darkness and Silent Hill so fans can expect a mixture of mental challenge, intense gameplay, and immersive environments.

“There are so many indie horror games out there that Absention does risk being thrown in with the lot, but upon closer inspection, Absention will deliver a true survival-horror experience following in the footsteps of those classics,”

“What sets Absention apart is its AAA quality visuals, the time loop ‘Groundhog Day’ mechanic, and its approach to horror without the reliance of cheap jump scares or gritty environments."

“That lingering uneasy feeling is the most effective form of horror. Jump scares and gore have a powerful reaction, but not a lasting one. In Absention there are no scripted jump scares, no gore and it’s set in a beautiful environment. The horror comes from how quickly things can turn sinister, and how looks can be deceiving. Absention will force players to go beneath the surface and explore the unknown.”

We will bring you any new information on Absention as soon as it becomes available. Be sure to check out our previous Unreal Engine 4 coverage for more, here and here.

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