Saturnalia, a folklore-inspired survival horror game, is launching in 2022

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Saturnalia is a survival horror game inspired and heavily influenced by the folklore of Sardinia, Italy. From Big Trouble Game Studio and Santa Ragione, Saturnalia is launching exclusively on PC via the Epic Games Store in 2022. Other game platforms will be announced at a later date. 

The official gameplay trailer for Saturnalia showcases what players can expect regarding characters and their abilities, exploration, and threats. 

In Saturnalia, you will play four characters experiencing a richly-connected story that ties back to an ancient village’s haunting tales and traditions. The ancient village is a maze where no two turns are alike. To make your way through it, you must explore the maze unguided and solve the mysteries and puzzles as you progress.

If you die, the village will reconfigure itself into something new. You will need to work through the new maze by solving puzzles and opening shortcuts to new areas using the tools and items you find. With every character, you will unlock a new story piece, and each has unique powers.

One of the main problems you will face in the maze is that your weapon is a limited supply of matches. You will need to find your way through the fog to reveal the truth of the town or be engulfed in its shadows. 

The key features of Saturnalia include:

  • The structure of the village changes every time all the characters die.
  • Characters have unique abilities and can use tools and consumables to open up new pathways.
  • Roguelite gameplay as you get to keep narrative and puzzle progression across every game over.
  • Solve puzzles that are deeply integrated with the game world and manage your limited supply of matches to keep your vision.
  • Adaptive narrative with non-linear progression
  • Investigate and uncover details about the ritual and use what you find along the way to stop it.
  • Stop-motion and rotoscoping film techniques inspire the game’s artwork and animations. 

Explore an ancient maze-like town in a game inspired by Sardinia, Italy, in Saturnalia, launching in 2022 on PC. Be sure to check out our Latest News section for more great content!

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