Why ‘P.T.’ is more exciting than ‘Silent Hills,’ and the future of the video game demo

As part of Verge Hack Week, we’ve invited great minds from around Vox Media to contribute their thoughts on the future of everything — from food to fashion to the written word. In this installment, we welcome Polygon editor-in-chief Chris Grant.

A mysterious new horror game for PlayStation 4 — simply titled P.T. — was revealed last week during Sony’s Gamescom press conference in Germany. Not only that, it was in development by the wholly unknown 7780s Studio… and a demo was available right then on the PlayStation Store. Something seemed off.

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