MadMind Studio’s Agony received a new trailer during this year’s GamesCom. The Unreal Engine 4-powered first-person horror game features some striking imagery as players journey through the very depths of hell, attempting to avoid the eternal weight of agony.
The eight minute video features the player character walking around in a dark room with nothing but a torch as they examine the grotesque surroundings. Moving parts, splurting blood and anatomically disturbing statues litter the area, along with the decorations of human bones and the incessant, liquid flow of blood. You can check out the probably NSFW trailer below.
This is one of those atmospheric trailers where the game developers want players to soak in the environment and the themes. You can’t really make out too much of what’s going on or where the player is supposed to be going or what they’re supposed to be doing. All you know is that they’re trying to avoid suffering the agony of whatever those hell creatures want to do the main character.
The interactions are limited for the most part, with the player only having a torch to wave around to either fend themselves off and attempt to see what’s going on.
The clip ends after the player gets to a row of statues, where a multi-limb creature comes and begins to attack the player.
After that the video ends and we get a montage of gory, viscerally frightening imagery that players are likely to encounter from Agony. It’s not a game for the faint of heart.
The plodding pace and atmosphere reminds me a little bit of Doorways: Holy Mountains of Flesh fused with something like Amnesia… with a nice injection of LSD spawned from the vomit of Hellraiser.
The game will allow players to possess demons and control others along the way. They don’t say exactly what the end game is here but Agony is shaping up to be a harrowing horror game that really pushes some limits and boundaries, like a less obnoxious version of Dante’s Inferno.
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