It is said to be worth the wait for good things. So we’ll see if this will be the case with the horror film Unholy from Duality Games. The first mention of it dates back to 2018, but we are still looking at it in vain. I would like to believe that this year its developers will finally bring it to a successful end, as they promise, so it is worth remembering what kind of game it is and why it is worth paying attention to. This is a first person horror with elements of stealth, whose authors promise a unique dark world that we have never seen before.
The main heroine is Saidah, who is looking for her abducted child. We will wander the streets of the last city on a dying planet, where the whole of society is subject to a repressive regime in which people’s lives are governed by what caste they belong to. Of course, our task is to track down the child and try to escape. The local desolate world is plagued not only by social injustice, but also by a mysterious plague that is slowly consuming the whole city. And dangerous creatures creep through its streets at night.
As in many other modern scary games, we will have to monitor and take care of our mental state in addition to health. We must avoid madness or face its consequences.
The authors promise that stealth is not just a number in this horror, and that each situation can be solved in several different ways. You can kill, but you don’t have to. Unwanted attention can be avoided and sneaked behind opponents’ backs. An elaborate story is supposed to drive us forward. As in many other modern scary games, we will have to monitor and take care of our mental state in addition to health. We must avoid madness or face its consequences.
Masks also play a very important role in the mechanisms. They can help us in the environment in which we find ourselves, help to overcome obstacles or deal with enemies. We will use them to control the environment, merge with it and outsmart the opponents. At the same time, however, they will deprive us of our sanity.
The game is powered by Unreal Engine from Epic and has a really nice graphics and aesthetics for a smaller title. The environment is a bit reminiscent of Gothic Prague or the last Thief. I’m not just mentioning it for nothing. The art director of the game is to be Tomasz Strzałkowski, who is signed to visually imaginative games such as Painkiller, Gears of War, Bulletstorm or Inner Chains.
Duality Games is a new Polish studio based in Warsaw. The team was founded in 2017 and consists of veterans of the local scene. Unholy is aiming for a PC and was originally supposed to be released in 2019. Currently, the developers promise to release this year. More short samples of the game can be found on Steam and Facebook. They demonstrate, for example, how the mentioned masks work.