World of Horror, an RPG inspired by Junji Ito, is coming this February

World of Horror is a creepy horror RPG that takes a lot of visual and thematical inspiration from the works of author H.P. Lovecraft and Manga artist Junji Ito.

“The Old Gods are reawakening, clawing their way back into a world that’s spiraling into a mysterious madness,” reads the game’s description on Steam. “In a small, seaside town of Japan, the population’s sanity is dwindling and otherworldly, grotesque creatures terrorize those who call the place home. In WORLD OF HORROR, it’s the end of the world and the only solution is to confront the terror reigning over the apocalypse.”

Developed by Pawel Kozminski, aka panstasz, World of Horror is slightly more than a “simple RPG.” It has roguelike elements, turn-based combat, deck-building, puzzles, and branching narratives affected by the choices you make.

If you already watched the release date trailer above, you’ve seen the game’s interesting visual style. It’s a 1-bit art style similar to that of Return of the Obra Dinn, an investigation game by Lucas Pope and one of the best games we’ve played in 2018.

World of Horror will launch in Early Access on February 20, with five playable characters and ten mysteries to solve. Later in the year, we’ll get more characters, mysterious and event cards. When the game is complete, we will also get a PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch versions.

If you want to try the game for yourself before it reaches Early Access, you can download a demo from panstasz’s Itch page.

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