World of Horror launches for PC via Steam Early Access on February 20

World of Horror

Cosmic horror retro RPG World of Horror will launch for PC via Steam Early Access on February 20 for $14.99, followed by a full release across PlayStation 4, Switch, PC, and Mac in late 2020, publisher Ysbryd Games and developer Panstasz announced.

While the Early Access version will only support English at launch, more languages will follow. Several additional mysteries, more characters, and dozens of new events will be added for the full release in late 2020.

Here is an overview of the game, via Ysbryd Games:

World of Horror follows the rural residents of a seaside Japanese town facing inhuman terrors in a world spiraling toward madness. Investigate the return of eldritch monsters and solve puzzles to collect arcane spell components. Struggle against malevolent legends of folklore like the Aka Manto and Kuchisake-onna, summoned by performing dark rites.

Fight to survive this nightmare roguelite reality with turn-based combat. Each of the five playable characters available in Early Access has their own stats and perspective on the horrors unfolding in their hometown. Defeat gruesome bosses, all illustrated and animated with disturbing images made in Microsoft Paint with a classic 1-bit graphic style.

Choose from among 10 mysteries with procedurally generated events in Early Access, investigating unleashed horrors as chance encounters wreak havoc on your stamina and sanity. Explore dark corners for clues and hidden helpful items to reach the best of many ghastly endings. Unlock new events from encounters and achievements along the way, starting the next run with a deeper pool of terrifying possibilities for World of Horror to draw from.

Inspired by the works of Junji Ito and H.P. Lovecraft, World of Horror is a psychological thriller with uncanny urban sites and twisted storylines. Collaborating with Panstasz on the writing for World of Horror is Cassandra Khaw, script writer at Ubisoft, author of the critically acclaimed horror novel Hammers on Bone, and writer behind games like Wasteland 3, Sunless Skies, and She Remembered Caterpillars.

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