After being revealed at this year’s E3, Devolver Digital’s unsettling, deck-building roguelike Inscryption has finally received its release date overnight, as well as a demo that introduces the game’s unnerving setting, sacrifice-heavy mechanics, and a blood-curdling brand of cult horror.
Inscryption, developed by Daniel Mullins Games, will release for Steam on October 19, and there’s currently no word of a console release.
The game’s Steam page offers plenty of detail on what to expect:
“From the creator of Pony Island and The Hex comes the latest mind-melting, self-destructing love letter to video games. Inscryption is an inky black card-based odyssey that blends the deckbuilding roguelike, escape-room style puzzles, and psychological horror into a blood-laced smoothie. Darker still are the secrets inscrybed upon the cards…”
As is often the case with Devolver Digital titles, there’s a lot more to this game than routine deck-building. There’s a darkness that shrouds Leshy’s cabin, and there are mysteries abound within those four walls.
The game is full of unsettling ideas like the sacrifice of woodland critters to ensnare more powerful cards, self-surgery as you literally pull your own teeth to tip the scales against Leshy, as well as a tremendously macabre art direction that brings it all to life.
Throw in the meta-horror elements like the found footage and cards that literally plot and scheme with you, and I feel like Inscryption could be one of the year’s most unexpectedly horrifying titles.