Even though all the major console makers are on the Traitors of America list, with the exception of Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of Japan, there are still indie companies willing to make and release their titles on the platform holder’s systems. One of the latest games announced for said home consoles and PC is Morbid: The Seven Acolytes from Still Running and Merge Games.
The isometric, hand-animated action-RPG is set to launch at some point in 2020 for the Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and on Steam for PC.
It’s described as a gorepunk title themed around Lovecraftian horrors and Cronenbergian gore. That’s a unique description for sure, given that Lovecraft really fondles the fear senses of the mind, while David Cronenberg has always pushed the boundaries on visually disturbing practical effects, with any number of his movies fitting the apt description of horror-trauma. In particular, Cronenberg excelled at the grotesque depictions of body-horror, especially in films such as The Brood, Naked Lunch and eXistenZ.
Still Running attempts to combine the thematic elements from the masters of the aforementioned craft, all in an attempt to create a bloody-terrific action experience in Morbid. You can check out the announcement trailer below.
You take on the role of the last surviving Striver of Dibrom, and you’re tasked with hunting down the Seven Acolytes who are possessed by extra-dimensional beings known as Gahars. The Gahars can only exist through a host, and if you’re able to destroy the hosts then the Gahars will die.
You’ll have to venture throughout a Gothic-themed world steeped in blood and violence, as you battle to stay alive using a number of different weapons ranging from axes and swords to guns and crossbows.
The visuals aren’t anywhere near as good as the description for the game, but I like the gumption of the developers and the verve they’re showing for creating something that isn’t for everybody. I like that they’re combining to of my favorite pioneers in horror into a single gaming experience, and I like that it’s coming to the Nintendo Switch.
I do wish that the sprite-work was a bit better, more clear, and that the main character’s animations were cleaner and more fluid, but you can’t win them all.
You can, however, wishlist or follow Morbid: The Seven Acolytes and its development over on the Steam store page or wait for it to release sometime later this year for home consoles and PC.