MORTAL SHELL Emerges From the Shadows in Unsettling Trailer and Brutal Gameplay Footage
Mechanic: Bartosz Sobczak
Category: Mortal Shell
Bluepoint Games' Demon's Souls remake and FromSoftware's Elden Ring are not the only "masocore" titles that should be on your radar, as Mortal Shell definitely looks like a reasonable alternative to big-budget Souls-like games. What's even more impressive, Mortal Shell is being created by a small, 15-strong team.
Originally developed under the Dungeonhaven name, Mortal Shell is studio Cold Symmetry's take on the well-established Dark Souls formula, which means that its core gameplay mechanics are rather unforgiving, forcing the player to act quickly (but responsibly) while battling — sometimes truly enormous — enemies.
Although Mortal Shell is heavily inspired by FromSoftware's most famous series, it won't be a completely derivative experience. For example, Mortal Shell won't feature any traditional character classes, instead asking you to explore the world and become familiar with its long-gone inhabitants — the titular shells.
It may look weird, but talking to the fallen heroes of Mortal Shell will be necessary to learn (and master) new skills. Unfortunately, these NPCs are a rather shy bunch, and the only way to awaken their tormented souls is discovering their long-forgotten names (by exploring the map and shining a light on their history).
It all sounds pretty good, but the bad news — at least for some players — is that Mortal Shell will be a timed Epic Games Store exclusive on PC. According to publisher Playstack, the game will arrive on Steam sometime in 2021, presumably a full year after its scheduled debut on PS4, XBO, and the EGS at some point in 2020.
To learn more about Mortal Shell, take a closer look at the new trailers and gameplay footage down below:
Awakening as an empty vessel, you will enter into a shattered and twisted world where the remains of humanity wither and rot. Implored to do the bidding of the mysterious “Dark Father”, you must traverse this tattered landscape and track down hidden sanctums of devout followers. There, in Mortal Shell’s most hallowed grounds, you must overcome formidable foes and harvest the sacred glands. You won’t be truly alone when the dead litter your path: Scattered across this land are the remnant anima of lost warriors who can be inhabited to gain their unique abilities and knowledge of weapons. The Dark Father is desperate for you to complete your task — but to what end?
Mortal Shell is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (via the EGS) in Q3 2020; will arrive on Steam in 2021.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Bartosz Sobczak - Owner, Editor-in-Chief
Lawyer by day, video game reporter by night. Long-time fan of the Mass Effect, Age of Empires, Prince of Persia, BioShock — especially the second one — and Splinter Cell series (who still believes that the best is yet to come). Tries his hardest to shine a new light on the Polish game-development scene. Gameplay Mechanix is his biggest passion project to date. Often listens to old episodes of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson while writing. Privately a cat person.
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