After several years in development, I’m pleased to announce that The Church in the Darkness will be launching simultaneously on PC/Mac, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 next Friday. What’s more, the news has finally broken that the game will also arrive on Nintendo Switch the same day.
I’ll be honest: I have a strong bias toward this project, and have helped with its development as well as with showing it off at expos (which I’ve written about before). Its creator, Richard Rouse III, is a good friend and former colleague of mine.
But more than that, it’s an experience about a time and place in our history — one of intense civil disruption — that few other games even attempt to seriously explore. Its narrative permutations mean the characters aren’t always a group of fanatics or maniacs, but average people with wants and desires, either optimistic or cynical about the state of the world and their place in it. I believe these attitudes and contrasts are well reflected in the trailer embedded below.
Combined with the action-infiltration gameplay, player choice, and multiple objectives, each session can result in a variety of different outcomes. Unlike the popular conception of separatist socialist utopias in the 1970s, things don’t always have to end in tragedy.
I encourage you to check it out, and there are many ways you can do that:
- Wishlist on Steam
- Pre-order for Nintendo Switch
- Pre-order for Xbox One
- Read the post on the PlayStation blog
During launch week all platforms will be 20% off, meaning you can get the game for $15.99 (regular $19.99). Or pick up the True Believer special edition on Steam, which includes the 28-song soundtrack and behind-the-scenes videos.
For more, visit the game’s official website — http://paranoidproductions.com/church/index.html — or watch the launch trailer below.