Unholy is the upcoming first-person horror game from Duality Games Studio and published by Playway S.A. and Duality Games, which was slated for release in 2019 but no news has been released for the game since it first released its trailer in 2018.
The game’s steam page now shows a release date for 2020, but the studio has yet to confirm the game’s release date.
The game plays on a first-person perspective with gameplay somewhat similar to Outlast series emphasizing stealth and exploration but these will not be the only way for the player to interact with the world. The game incorporates a variety of gameplay styles each of which will have its own impact on the story.
The story itself has quite an interesting premise. The player character is trapped on a desolate planet among numerous kinds of horror, known as The Last City. Here she will have to wade through a tyrannical social order if she wants to save her child. An alien planet, nightmarish creatures, and an interesting premise that’s a combination I rarely see.
STORY & GAMEPLAY
In Unholy player will take on the role of Saidah, a mother in search of her child in the last city on a distant, dying planet. As Saidah you will have to make your way through the belly of this terrifying city, which is ruled by an oppressive and tyrannical regime, where everyone’s whole life is determined on the basis of which social caste you belong to. Fear rules over the city as a mysterious plague consumes the city and maniacal beasts roam the streets at night. You will have to save your child and find an escape if there is any.
The player character is part of the last remaining remnants of the human race who live in the Last City. The city itself is divided on the basis of castes. The players will get to know the rich story and history of this land as they explore the city and progress through the game.
And as the game itself states, “Challenge a repressive regime under which your whole life is determined.” From the looks of the trailer, it seems that the humans themselves constitute the lower castes while the inhuman denizens of the last city constitute the upper caste.
The gameplay will provide a lot of options to the player to tackle the challenges that they will face. This diversity in the mode of gameplay will also be complemented with a story that will probably change itself accordingly. The game explicitly states that “Your playstyle is your own, but each has its own consequences.” The game will seemingly give players options between sneaking past enemies and resorting to violence, which means that the game will provide offensive options to the players.
The player character is apparently wanted for some crime as can be seen in the trailer as well from the several posters strewn in the background. This will also give a chance to the player to impersonate different members of society and exploit the caste system to their favor.
Who knows this is probably the crime that the player is wanted for. The game will also incorporate a sanity mechanic somewhat similar to the one in Amnesia series. This is probably to incentivize the stealth approach to the game. The madness that the game talk about may have some adverse stat effects.
As for the graphics and visual art style, they simply look gorgeous and the studio itself stated that the trailer was not pre-rendered but ran on In-game engine. The game obviously shares art similarities with Agony, as many people noticed who saw the trailer, but it is to be hoped that the game will not such a failure as Agony. The Art Director for the game, Tomasz Strzalkowski, has done arts for the games such as Inner Chains and Gears of War as well. These are some of the features that the game shared on its steam page.
Unholy game Features:
- Engaging First Person Horror / Stealth gameplay
- Explore a rich story behind Last City and Siadah’s desperate quest to save herself and her child
- Immerse yourself in a uniquely dark environment never seen before.
- Multiple ways to approach challenges through stealth, or through exploiting the city’s social order.
- Take good care of your physical and mental health. Fight the encroaching madness or deal with the consequences of going insane.
Unholy Release Date
On a technical level, the game simply looks fantastic, but since we have no release date for the game the players will probably have to wait sometime until they get to play this game. It has confirmed release for PC as is evident from its steam page, but no other platform has been confirmed yet. Its system requirements are given as follows:
Unholy Minimum System requirements:
- OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 10
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 – 4 Core, 3.2 GHz
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: 2GB / Radeon R9 200 Series or Nvidia GeForce GTX660
- DirectX: Version 11
- Storage: 40 GB available space
- Sound Card: DirectX compatible