Developer: Pentakill Studios

Platform: PC (Windows), Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5

Official Synopsis: My father used to tell me stories when I was a kid. Stories about a place called GodStone. They tell of the place being cursed and abandoned 50 years ago.

I head there. The sailors think I’m mad, some say it’s a place inhabited by ghosts and demons. Others, the sceptics, simply say that no one goes there because the sea is difficult to navigate.

I know the truth. I am an occultist, I see ghosts and spirits that mundane people cannot see. GodStone… why did you go to the place of your stories, father?

I have to find him, he is not in the condition of his youth to venture into such a place. I hope I am not too late.

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Concept:

The serene forest in the opening scene of the trailer belies a gruesome haunting soon to come. According to the game’s description and the above footage, the player interacts in this beautifully crafted world as an Occultist; one who can see through the veil between our world and that of the dead.

The main character embarks on a journey to find their father in Godstone. Something terrible has happened in this abandoned place, so what possessed the character’s father to go there?

The game looks to be an (action?) adventure with an original story that uses high-end visuals and an atmosphere reminiscent of titles like Resident Evil: Village.

The Occultist will be released on PlayStation and Xbox and will be available on PC via The Epic Games Store and Steam (however they are not available for “wishlisting” at the time of writing).

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Visuals & Sound:

This game looks and feels absolutely stunning thanks to Unreal Engine 5. The balance between lighting and darkness clearly creates an atmosphere that has you sitting at the edge of your seat from the get-go.

If the audio in the trailer is anything to go by, players will be sufficiently creeped out long before any of the action begins.

More in-game footage of this unique horror title can be found here.

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The Developers:

The Occultist is being developed by a ten-strong team from Valladolid (Spain). Pentakill Studios was founded on March 10th, 2021 and The Occultist is their first title. According to their website, the studio has the manpower and the funding to create titles that are on par with those of AAA studios.

Only time will tell the success story of The Occultist but if the awards the team has already won are anything to go by…

  • «Finalists Best Europe Videogame – Euro Play 2021, Gamescom, 18 August 2021
  • «Finalists Best Narrative» – 8th Edition PlayStation Talents Awards 2021
  • «Finalists Best Game for the Press» – 8th Edition PlayStation Talents Awards 2021
  • «Finalists Best Use of DualSense» – 8th Edition PlayStation Talents Awards 2021
  • «Winners Best Use of DualSense» – 8th Edition Play Station Talents Awards 2021
  • «Winners Best Indie Videogame» – FreakCon 2022
  • «Finalists Best Videogame» – Valencia Indie Summit 2022
  • «Winners Best Indie Videogame» – Gamepolis 2022

As an avid fan of the horror genre, I am personally very much looking forward to playing The Occultist. I wish the studio all the best with the development process and that they may get the attention they deserve at GamesCom ’22. For more information, follow Pentakill Studios on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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