As a fan of yucky horror, I’ve been waiting for more information on Scorn – the first-person horror title with some major Giger influences. After a long period of silence, developer Ebb Software has announced that Scorn will be an Xbox Series X exclusive launch title.

“For us as developers, it’s imperative to present Scorn in the best way possible,” Scorn Game Director Ljubomir Peklar said. “The distinctive art style is only half the story – the other half is having all the technical parts of the game running smoothly. That’s where our partnership with Microsoft and their next-generation Xbox Series X console comes in.

“Xbox Series X is an extremely capable piece of hardware that will enable us to run Scorn at 4k 60fps with all the graphical bells and whistles. Ease of development and raw processing power are the primary reasons we chose to go exclusively with Xbox Series X. Players on Series X will experience an uncompromising version of Scorn.”

Looking at Scorn, I’d say horror fans would want as much of these “graphical bells and whistles,” especially with 4k and 60fps support. The game’s visuals are heavily influenced by the works of H.R. Giger, most known for his design work on the film Alien.

Scorn puts the player in a claustrophobic underworld populated with misshapen organic forms. You wander through this bio-mechanical nightmare alone, with little guidance on how to solve the puzzles in your way.

You’ll explore each location in a non-linear fashion, and slowly discover that they all have their own story to tell. Ebb Software claims that these locations and stories all come together to create one cohesive world, with new skills, items, and icky organic weapons to unlock. You can see some of them in the Scorn gameplay video below, though I’m not sure how representative it is of the game today. The video was released almost three years ago.

Scorn will be available on Xbox Series X and PC in late 2020 or early 2021. The game will also be included in Microsoft’s Game Pass upon release.

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