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Scorn footage has unbearably mounting tension and a firm release date

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Announced eight years ago, Scorn is a determinedly eerie first-person horror game set in a surreal subterranea clearly inspired by the work of HR Giger. Since then it has been subject to several delays, and has shifted away from an episodic model (what an exquisitely mid-2010s phenomenon!) towards a more conventional full-length package. The fruits of Ebb Software’s labour will be playable soon, because the new gameplay footage above confirms an October 21 release date for Scorn.

We’ve seen extended gameplay footage of Scorn before, but the environmental design in this new video appears a lot more ornate than previously. The usual Giger trappings are there: decor that looks like a byzantine arrangement of mechanical intestines, and a mood that walks the extremely fine line between decrepit grandiosity and discomforting body horror. It’s an aesthetic we’ve seen in games before, but Scorn has garnered a curious following because it hews closer to its inspiration than anything else. There’s some serious art talent involved here, and even if the game doesn’t turn out great, it’ll always look amazing.

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