Merge Games has revealed The Stone of Madness, a “hardcore, real-time tactics and stealth game” coming to PC, Switch, PS5 and Xbox Series X in spring 2021.Revealed on IGN’s Gamescom Studio show, the game features an art style based on the paintings of Francisco de Goya, and sees you guide characters out of an 18th-century monastery ‘madhouse’.
Check out a reveal trailer below:Played from an isometric viewpoint, the game begins by having you choose an escape plan (each with different requirements and difficulty levels) and sets you in a procedurally generated monastery with a full day-night cycle.
You’ll guide a selection of characters, each who begins with traumas and phobias which can either become better or worse due to your actions – although a press release makes very clear that this is primarily “negative character progression”, designed to make for a hardcore experience. You can see more on the Stone of Madness steam page.
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