Scorn is one seriously disturbing game. Its emphasis on grotesque representations of the human form with a slightly alien twist is not only worthy of its influences — the H.R. Giger inspiration is clear — but showcases a level of body horror we rarely see in video games.
“The team has drawn visual inspiration from Swiss painter H.R. Giger and Polish painter Zdzislaw Beksinski,” Kowloon Nights, which partially funded the game, explained in a press release. “Conceptual inspiration has come from works by unique writers like Franz Kafka and Jorge Luis Borges, horror and sci-fi writers like Thomas Ligotti and J.G. Ballard, and the weird cinema of David Cronenberg and David Lynch.”
Since this game was first announced in 2014, it’s been bill as much more than a disturbing work of art. According to the team of developers at Ebb Software, Scorn is “a first-person horror adventure game designed around the idea of being thrown into the world. As players explore the dream-like world in a non-linear fashion, they will soon learn that every location has its own story, puzzles, and characters – even the unsettling environment is a character itself.”
The team has previously said that it’s interested in doing away with the idea of enemies that are automatically hostile to you (similar to what we saw with the Big Daddies in BioShock) and the popular notion of in-game cutscenes. Instead, Scorn‘s story is intended to be conveyed through the game’s environment. Ebb also previously suggested that you’re at risk of missing potentially crucial bits of the story if you are not willing to explore every inch of this horrific world. That’s a feat made all the more difficult by Scorn‘s supposed lack of a traditional HUD.
Without a doubt, this game is designed to get under your skin and creep you out. Scorn may not be a traditional horror game, but its emphasis on atmosphere certainly has the potential to disturb players more than most games in the genre.
Here’s everything else we know about Scorn:
Scorn Release Date
No release date has been set for Scorn. The game is coming to Xbox Series X and PC.
Check out the incredibly disturbing Scorn running on the Xbox Series X’s enhanced graphics in the trailer below:
This next preview for the game, released back in 2017, teases the “meaty” Giger-inspired design that initially helped Scorn capture the attention of gamers everywhere. This time, however, we get a better look at how the game’s organic weapons will affect combat:
And here’s the debut trailer: