Stray Souls: A Next-Gen, Yet Cross-Gen Psychological Horror [VIDEO]

Jukai Studio is somewhat bafflingly calling its game next-gen when it’s set to launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, too.


The game’s Steam page says, “Enter a world of nightmares in this third person, action-horror, inspired by the genre’s classics. Fight terrifying creatures, solve mind-bending puzzles, and unravel a terrible family secret to expose the chilling truth behind your existence. Unlock the secrets hidden within the haunted town of Aspen Falls, featuring gruesome enemy encounters, epic bosses, cunning puzzles, and a deep story where not everyone is who they seem. Play as Daniel—an average teenager whose life is forever changed after inheriting the home of his estranged grandmother and meeting a mysterious woman with intimate knowledge about his family, the house, and its shocking connection to his past. The gameplay elements inspired by classic horror combat with soulslike precision put a fresh spin on the modern action-horror genre.

Experience sheer terror like never before with the raw combined power of the Unreal Engine 5 and MetaHuman technology. Advanced facial animations capture a wide range of human emotions, creating a new level of photorealism! Dynamic lighting and weather bring Aspen Falls to life in eerie detail, from the peeling wallpaper of Grandma’s house to the dense reaches of a fog-covered forest and beyond! Welcome to Aspen Falls, a small town plagued by a sinister curse devouring everything in its path. After inheriting the home of his estranged grandmother on his 18th birthday, Daniel thinks he’s won the lottery but soon discovers luck had nothing to do with it. He’s now at the center of a dark ritual that threatens his very existence and must embark on a terrifying journey to uncover the secrets of his past.

The choice is yours. Daniel is not a trained soldier. Grab a weapon, stand your ground, or run to safety and save your health and ammo for one of the game’s tough bosses. Test your powers of deduction and problem-solving on classic-style puzzles with a modern facelift. Haunting and ethereal at times. Hellacious and unnerving at others. Get lost in the captivating original score by veteran indie composer Peter Wicher on your journey across Aspen Falls. Explore the town of Aspen Falls and surrounding areas to uncover an evil plot set in motion at Daniel’s birth. Immerse yourself in Daniel’s story. Choose responses at critical moments through branching dialogue options, shaping Daniel’s tone and personality. Fight hordes of nasty creatures or run for your life. Simplified combat without massive load-outs focuses on strategizing combat tactics and resource management. Solve dozens of clever puzzles with out-of-the-box solutions to test your wit. Randomized systems ensure that enemy encounters, item locations, changing weather patterns, and strange phenomena occur at various places, making each playthrough unique.”

Versus Evil will release Stray Souls sometime this fall for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Gematsu

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