Pathologic is a confusing survival horror adventure title by Russian indie studio Ice-Pick Lodge. Many found the initial 2005 release difficult to play due to translation issues, slow gameplay and general lack of direction.
It’s no surprise then that the game has a cult following, and is considered one of the great games no one played. Or so I’m told, as I never played it (not for lack of trying though).
If you’re like me, and always wanted to try Pathologic for yourself, but could quite get over its many problems, you’ll be happy to know it’s getting a remake. No, not the Pathologic Classic HD remaster you might have heard of, but a proper remake, built from the ground up.
The Pathologic remake is called Pathologic 2, even though it’s not a sequel. If you’re still not confused enough, you can watch the bizarre gameplay trailer for Pathologic 2 above. It’s a weird one, but it does show how what kind of game you should expect the final version to be. Words like dreary, depressing and disturbing come to mind.
You’ll play as the chief medic of a small town struck by a deadly plague. You have 12 days to find a cure and save the people of this town. However, You’ll also have to manage your health, hunger, thirst and exhaustion if you want to make it to the end of those 12 days.
As a doctor, you can try and help the people you encounter, but you’ll never be able to save everyone. You’ll need to decide who gets to live and who dies. Those decisions can feel like lose-lose situations, but helping people is important if you want to gain allies that will help you in the battle against the plague.
The game sets other goals for you, apart from surviving and trying to cure people. Track down your father’s killer, find your alleged twin sister who might be responsible to the plague, and figure out what the local kids are hiding.
The video, as well as a short announcement from Ice-Pick Lodge, emphasize the freedom the player has. You can try and survive by any means necessary – stealing, killing and looting or all valid options to gain more resources, but you won’t win many friends that way. It’s up to you to decide what is more important to you, and how to go about it.
Pathologic 2 is currently scheduled for 2018, and is in development for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Alpha builds will soon be sent to those of you who helped crowdfund the game.Some of our posts include links to online retail stores. We get a small cut if you buy something through one of our links. Don't worry, it doesn't cost you anything extra.