Microsoft released a video presentation today giving the public the first looks at the games scheduled to come out within the launch window of the XBox Series X. The video was heavy on dark and gloomy trailers, but none darker or gloomier than Scorn, a first-person horror adventure coming from indie studio Ebb Software.
Ebb doesn’t publicly cite HR Giger as an influence in this game’s design, but it could not be more obvious. The environments this trailer pans through look like they’re lifted directly from Giger paintings. We should probably warn you that this is not the kind of thing you watch while eating, or if you’re about to eat. Finish your dinner and then take a look at Scorn:
It not only looks like a Giger painting, it’s just as confusing as one. Where is this anyway? Ebb isn’t ready to provide that answer just yet. Though your goal will simply be to make it through this journey alive, exploration is also a key gameplay element. You’ll find puzzles to solve, skills to learn, and a story to unravel. Plus a lot of goopy gross stuff.
“For us as developers it’s imperative to present Scorn in the best way possible,” says Ljubomir Peklar, director of Scorn. “The distinctive art style is only half the story – the other half is having all the technical parts of the game running smoothly. Ease of development and raw processing power are the primary reasons we chose to go exclusively with Xbox Series X. Players on Series X will experience an uncompromising version of Scorn.”
Scorn will be exclusive to the XBox Series X, and will be released sometime during the console’s launch period in either 2020 or 2021. If you can’t afford a Series X or can’t find one (both are possible, let’s face it), Scorn will also be released on PC.