Story-driven horror title Decarnation will be bringing the horror to Switch this May, publisher Shiro Unlimited has revealed.
Combining gross body horror with psychological chills, Decarnation puts you in the shoes of Gloria, a cabaret dancer who is struggling with her career and her mental health. The game is largely story-driven with several puzzles to solve, and its weird, unsettling atmosphere from the trailer alone is giving us the creeps.
Developed by Atelier QDB — a studio founded by Quentin De Beukelaer who's worked on the Assassin's Creed and Ghost Recon series — this phantasmagorical adventure looks to be one to play at night for maximum sleep loss. Here's some more info about the game from the publisher:
Players will meet Gloria, a struggling cabaret dancer dealing with the fraying of her relationships, career, and self-esteem. They will follow her as she battles her inner and outer demons in both the real world and a phantasmagorical world of dreams and nightmares. Solve cryptic puzzles and face the most terrifying monsters from the darkest parts of your soul.
Alongside the beautiful pixel art bringing out the psychological horror from the various situations the character encounters, Decarnation is a mix of more than fifteen different systems and types of gameplay, each of them fitting Gloria’s situations and her state of mind.
Players will explore a terrifying 90s Paris to unveil the mysteries of Gloria’s traumatised mind and discover a heavy and relatable sombre story supported by a bittersweet pop soundtrack by fleur et bleue. Decarnation will be available in May on PC via Steam and Nintendo Switch and will support English, French, German, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), and Simplified Chinese.
We'll be getting a more concrete date for Decarnation very soon — so get your blankets ready so you can hide away from what looks to be a pretty terrifying experience.
Decarnation launches on the Switch eShop this May for £13.49 / €14,99. Will you be preparing for spooks on Switch? Let us know.
Aww dang why did it have to have puzzles >.< this would have been right up my alley otherwise.
After seeing the main character - disgusting is right. Everything else is really compelling, definitely goes to the watchlist.
@Nanami_Ataraxia do you, perchance, detest puzzles?
I really do I just can't stand them just because I'm so stoopid and I get frustrated by them easily xD I think the part of my brain that is supposed to enjoy figuring stuff out and the satisfaction you get from it just never developed for me. They sour pretty much every game they are in for me.
uhhhhh!?!?!? wtf is going on here??
Looks interesting but I don't like puzzle games and it's kind of lame if the horror part is only in her mind and not in real life in the games.
This gives off body/cosmic horror vibes similar to Junji Ito's works. Might pick this one up
Not feeling this, struggling to see either inspiration tbh. The soundtrack is probably the most Satoshi Kon thing about this game.
@yannis looks more like Junjo Ito to me too, but this is coming from someone who hasn’t read any of his work.
@PessitheMystic if you ever do, i recommend you start with Uzumaki or Shiver if you want shorter stories. Either way his works are amazing!
I'm intrigued, will keep an eye on this one
I was searching for the Lynch reference and saw the stage with the red curtain. I think every writer across all media sees the stage with the red curtain, sees psychological horror and jumps to Lynch. Not only writers though but game makers, other directors, etc.
I don't blame them really you type the word "Lynchian" now and you get instant response. In the same way Lovecraftian is
over-used every time someone puts in a tentacle. Mullholland Drive's Club Silencio and Twin Peaks' Red Room does tend to stick in one's mind. You can't help but rip it off really.
Game looked interesting to me. Clean pixel art. Let's see if it is more novel than game. I stick to novels when I want to read novels and games when I want games. We'll see.
I can't explain why I enjoy this but I do. Thank you for reporting about it, I will keep an eye on this game
I will be buying this. Thank you.
@PessitheMystic The Enigma of Amigara Fault is a pretty good intro to his style, and it's a short story that you can finish in less than ten minutes.
This looks like a true indie game in the sense that it looks unpolished and unfinished. Not even remotely worth the disgusting/disturbing content.
I sometimes wonder how NL decides which indie games to give this kind of exposure to? Like, why this game instead of the literally thousands of others??
Interesting. Hate the character designs (reminds me of Braid), but the pixel art itself is fairly impressive. I'll keep an eye on this.
Wow, this looks amazing! Beautiful, disturbing, and intriguing!
I do have a soft spot for indie games that take place in a seemingly random setting and arbitrarily recent time period that have next to no bearing on the story or gameplay. "A terrifying 90s Paris," right up there with "a spine-tingling early-2000s Kingston, Massachusetts, just off the exotic and horrifying Route 3A..." This special combination of unnecessary background information gives off the same vibe as fan-made Sonic original characters that list completely random facts. Davey "Schindler" Prower; no relation to Tails; likes pepperoni pizza, but only if it has extra anchovies; born Anthony DeMeo in 1985 Hiroshima, JP; charged and convicted in Scottsdale, AZ back in '99 for the abduction and murder of a crooked cop; likes purple; eye color: idk they change colors; blood type: A.
Yes, at that price, it's a day one.
Looks interesting, but absolutely not for me since horror is far from my forte... I'll recommend it to a friend of mine who loves Junji Ito's works since it reminds me of the little I've seen of those like @Yannis said, too!
Looks pretty cool! Too bad I am a huge wimp with horror games. Even pixelated ones.
@DrGonzo I’ve mentioned it before, but I can’t stand it when people use the term ‘Lynchian’. Annoys me to my very core.
Couldn't they just make the heads ~20% smaller? The visuals look really impressive overall, but I know that one tiny detail will have me thinking of nothing but bobble heads and Farmville for the duration if I try to play it.
@PessitheMystic It's become the go-to word for anything dream-like with a touch of american gothic horror. in this case, French I guess. Which I guess would just be gothic then. Lol, the visigoths.
I do not think he would ever make anything so trite as to be suffering mentally and then seeing demons and eyes and tentacles and stuff. Its teenage fantasy. Not his deal.
@DrGonzo or maybe because the publisher referenced Kon and Lynch?
But sure, jump down NLs throat..
You can tell they voted for Biden. 🤣
Yeah this has FA to do with Lynch, more Cronenberg. Not heard of Jujo Ito before, but his stuff seems to be an influence.
Bit of Akira in there? The end of the film where they are expanding.
@DrGonzo - Long live the new flesh!
RemindMe! 2 months
Making me think of Sanitarium on
PC from like 2002-ish.
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