Neon-folk horror Saturnalia is coming to Steam with a new first-person mode and more

Neon-folk horror Saturnalia is coming to Steam with a new first-person mode and more

The neon-soaked labyrinthine world of Saturnalia is coming to Steam later this year with a bunch of new features, developers Santa Ragione have announced. Saturnalia is an Italian folk horror that was released last year as an Epic Games Store exclusive, and it charmed many white knuckle horror fans. That includes the RPS Hivemind as Saturnalia was one our favourite games of last year.

Saturnalia follows four playable characters as they solve an intergenerational mystery, although an ever-changing town, tangled-up puzzles and shadowy horrors make things a little tricky.

The Steam release is adding an optional first-person mode, potentially making the maze-like world even more disorientating. For those worried about motion sickness in this mode, the team are also implementing accessibility features to alleviate that dizziness: camera responsiveness sliders, the option to switch to first-person only when indoors, and more. There’ll also be a “smooth animations” option that turns off the stop motion-like effect, otherwise known as the A-ha Take On Me aesthetic.

Other new features include a photo mode (for snapping the bright Giallo colours) and a monochrome film noir mode (to replace those bright Giallo colours). Every death shuffles the village’s layout, so the photo mode can help you capture an iteration that you won’t see again. That especially special one version. There’ll also be the achievement and cloud save support you’d expect from a Steam release.

“More and more I find myself skulking around the edges of the bell curve,” AliceB said in her Saturnalia review, “looking for unusual things that provoke unusual feelings. Saturnalia is one. It’s a pulse-raising, shiver-making, dark little whisper; a beautiful game.” That little whisper is available now on the Epic Games Store for £20/€20/$20, or you can wishlist it on Steam ahead of its release later this year.

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Vivid Entertainment, the developers of the much-anticipated neon-folk horror game Saturnalia, recently announced that their upcoming title will be available on Steam in the coming months. Not only that, but they will also be introducing a brand-new first-person mode that promises to bring an unprecedented level of immersion to the foreboding and atmospheric game world.

Saturnalia is set in the near future, in a world where the Earth’s climate is slowly unraveling and a mysterious cult has emerged from the shadows to attempt to restore balance through mysterious means. Players will assume the role of a young woman called Priya, whose family has recently joined the cult in a desperate attempt to survive the impending doom. As Priya makes her way through the twisting paths and spectral realms of the cult’s fortress, she will come face-to-face with bizarre and terrifying creatures that stand in her way.

The new first-person mode will offer an unprecedented level of immersion, with a stunning and intimidating world that surrounds Priya. Players will be able to make use of various tools and resources at their disposal to help traverse their way through the nightmarish cult headquarters and its darkly enchanting environs.

But Saturnalia will also come with a unique social element, which will see players make use of their relationships with other cult members in order to gain information and help. This could range from trading items, gaining influence in the cult, or simply using existing connections in order to progress further in the game.

Saturnalia is sure to be a hit with horror fans, who will be able to experience the perils of the cult headquarters first-person for the first time, and should have enough depth to make replay value almost impossible. Vivid Entertainment are yet to give exact release date information, but fans should keep an eye out for more news in the coming months.

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