I am nearing completion of a VR game for Steam. The game is based on the classic original multi-player game "Snipes". The players move through a maze and shoot opponents (other players) and (NPC) enemies and spawn points (for the NPC). I have updated the concept from text character art to 3D art, first person shooter style play.
The back story theme is based on the old practical joke where boys invite a friend out to go Snipe Hunting. They tell him he must be quiet and sit under a tree in the dark forest alone with a paper bag to catch little birds in the bag. They then leave him alone in the woods...
This is the general start of the image that I want as a start, and it is the starting concept for the game. From here, the boy falls asleep and awakens in a strange looking forest maze. Perhaps with eyes blinking out of the darkness at him.
In the actual game, the maze is a wraparound (endless) maze of hedges. Some glowing trees are encountered in the forest. These are spawn points where the humanoid creatures appear.
I am looking for the main image described above with the forest and the boy. The enemy creatures should not be pictured. I'm not completely sure how they should appear yet and as it ranges from monsters to humans of a sort, it is best to stick with mysterious eyes peering from the darkness. I envision the boy fearful in the foreground looking without turning his head to see what is behind him.
In the game, the player is equipped with two pistols that have integrated flashlights and laser sights.
I am not fixed on the concept art completely at this point. This just what I see as something that conveys a message. A better vision may be more obvious to an artist. Also, I don't think that the maze pictured in the cover art is useful, but more a feeling of being lost in an unescapable forest.
Other notes: I am working with a scout themed boy, but I hope to have additional character options as well. Currently, I am working with a character from the Unity Asset story based on Russell from "UP". This makes me nervous for release, so it may change by release, but I think the scout (unofficial) style character is correct.
As the original Snipes' enemies were a two character presentation [arrow and smiley face]↓☺. They threw the arrow at you. The artist of Jack / Russell also has a witch doctor named Wandu that is under consideration because of the tie-in to the original game with the spear.
This is what I am working with so far. I hope this helps fill in the vision sufficiently enough for some ideas.