As it stands right now, it’s an exciting time to be a horror gamer. Especially if you’ve waded into the indie scene. Case in point? Polish developer Polyslash’s sci-fi horror Phantaruk. Set on the Purity-02 spaceship, this stealth survival horror sees the player exploring the derelict ship and facing not-quite-human threats. With similar use of nightvision to Outlast and an atmospheric setting similar to Alien: Isolation, players can expect to be on the edge of their seats. Unlike previous games, however, Polyslash wasn’t interested in creating another jump scare fest.
Not only will players have to contend with an added layer of monitoring their own pulse as infectious toxins permeate your body, but expect the story to explore more profound themes. Like transhumanism, a theory that humans will eventually evolve past the point of needing their physical form.
The official trailer dropped this morning, which we have below. Phantaruk will be available on PC in August. Though no immediate plans set yet, Polyslash hopes to bring their game to the PS4 and Xbox One in the near future.
For long has the humanity been constrained by limits of human body. Most have accepted the imperfection of flesh, but some sought for liberation. To pursue the dream of creating a post-human being – to achieve ideas of transhumanism – is the driving force behind H+ Corporation. Within its facilities technology and homo sapiens became one entity, an organism devoid of humanity’s biological weaknesses.
We board the spaceship Purity-02 – prime complex of H+ Corporation. The dream shatters to a nightmare when we realize what Purity-02 has become. Once a research vessel, it has turned into a deadly, deserted trap. To flee Purity-02, we have to investigate the mysteries of the ship. With every passing minute our chances of survival grow slim. Infected with a parasite, we struggle against havoc being wrought within our body. But there is yet a greater danger to evade…
A beast is roaming the ship. A creature known from long-forgotten fables and ancient myths. It could prowl around in any shadow and lurk behind any corner. We must plan our every move. We must survive the infection. We must get off the ship.
We must escape Phantaruk.