If you’ve been looking for a bit of grotesque Lovecraftian adventure, look no further than Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones. Today is launch day for the new cRPG. Is now available for PC via Steam.
“Drawing directly from the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Stygian is a turn-based RPG set in a broken and mysterious world. Like classic CRPG titles, Stygian provides an open-ended narrative to unearth as characters cope with the warped reality of a world fallen to chaos.”
Players will be able to choose any one of eight different archetypes that are said to come right out of “20s pulp fiction”. Each one has its own unique set of attributes, abilities, and beliefs. On the flip side, each also has its own weaknesses that must be overcome.
The gameplay is strategic and turn-based as players take on “fanatic cultists, inhuman monstrosities, and cosmic horrors. Players will use basic abilities with physical damage alongside “powerful eldritch spells” that can cause some issues with characters’ sanity.
Check out Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones on its Steam page.
More about Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones
- A hand-drawn 2D world reflecting Lovecraft’s themes of cosmic horror and dread.
- Enemies, environments, and storylines inspired by Lovecraft’s iconic original works. Take part in quests inspired by Lovecraft’s most beloved stories and see them play out according to your own decisions and role-playing style.
- Choose from 8 main character Archetypes, each with its own backgrounds and specialties.
- A host of weird companions to accompany you on your ill-starred journey: the lonely, antediluvian ‘Outsider’, a fallen soldier of the Great War reanimated by Herbert West. Recruit these and other outlandish beings to your crew.
- Your character’s Sanity and mental state influence their available dialogue options, offering both advantages and hindrances. Sometimes it pays to be mad in a world gone mad!
- Stygian’s Belief System determines how your characters cope with the warped reality of the new Arkham, as well as the rate at which they regenerate lost Sanity. Belief Systems also offer unique dialogue options, expanding the breadth of role-playing possibilities.
- A new kind of spell system which sometimes takes more than it gives. Being a master of the occult is not as simple as flinging colored missiles from your fingertips. The black magic of Stygian is potent but may cost you your mind, your health, and possibly even more.
- Strategic, turn-based combat from a 2D perspective, similar to the classic Heroes of Might and Magic games.
- The struggle in Stygian is not to save the world, for that battle is lost already. Pursue your own goals in these end times: salvation, vendetta, or perhaps something darker.