Indie dev duo rose-engine have introduced their first game today through PlayStation Indies, and it looks atmospheric and unsettling. On a personal note, as a huge fan of classic survival horror, the look and feel of this game looks so ridiculously up my alley it’s not even funny. The developers have made a big post about the game but promise that everything they’ve shown ‘will only scratch the surface, to find out what this game is really about, you have to play it for yourself.’ And they go on to promise old-school survival horror, psychological horror and cosmic horror; a winning mix in my book.
According to an official description given in the blog post; ‘You are Elster, a technician Replika, who wakes up from stasis to find that her spaceship has crash-landed, and that the pilot Ariane Yeong, the only other person on board, is missing. Elster soon finds something hidden below the planet’s icy surface that should not be there, and receives a mysterious radio signal that changes everything. Driven by a promise to her lost partner, Elster makes her way through a seemingly abandoned re-education and mining facility where she has to face horribly distorted figures trudging through the hallways and attacking on sight. As she descends deeper into the facility and the mines, she encounters another Replika with a dark agenda, a young woman who has her own burdens to bear, and strange visions of memories from another life.’
Signalis takes place in a stark, desolate world ruled by a totalitarian regime, where CRT screens hum in sync with cameras and microphones that ensure the powers that be can constantly keep an eye on everyone in the facility. As you travel through this abandoned place, you have to solve various puzzles to get through the various locks and devices you must to progress. You’ll use your radio to decrypt messages, unlock doors and solve logic puzzles. All of which is rendered in a Cassette-Cyberpunk world, and what could be better than that.
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Signalis will be releasing for PS4 and only on PlayStation later this year, on October 27th, just in time for Halloween! In all honesty I don’t know what to be more excited to play this halloween.