A new Croatian studio has given itself the name “Fearem,” because they plan to make lots of horror-themed games. The first of these, a multiplayer survival game called Daemonical, is almost ready for prime time. Fearem has announced when testing will begin, and it’s soon.
When the game was first announced, we didn’t know much about it other than its genre (survival horror) and its intended audience (multiplayer). Now we have a more accurate description of how it plays. If you’re familiar with the Friday the 13th video game that appeared on Steam last year, Daemonical has a similar concept. One plays the demon, the others have to avoid him.
Daemonical offers more than your average demonic experience…..it offers a modern action set on a remote island, offering a take on the horror movie classics in which you will never know who to trust or what lingers in the darkness. As one of a group of humans, you confront a demon in game sessions lasting up to 20 minutes and playing the Demon is also a facet of the game if you are randomly chosen. Rituals, weapons, strategy, seek and kill are all part of this epic and thrilling game.
Since Fearem mentioned a release date of May before, we were under the impression that it would be a Steam Early Access title. But instead the early version is coming out as a private alpha — an alpha is earlier than a beta, and it won’t be open for everyone. 9,000 people have applied to test the game, and Fearem says 2,000 of these will be chosen to put the alpha through its places. Then, when it moves up to to beta, the rest can join in.
Even though it’s still in alpha, Fearem hopes they can get the game finished and out there quickly. They’re targeting a late Q2 2018 release for Daemonical.