Full-length commercial follow-up to scriptwelder’s Flash trilogy coming to PC and other platforms
It’s taken nearly a decade, but at long last scriptwelder’s popular Deep Sleep horror adventure trilogy is getting a brand new, full-fledged installment in the form of Deep Sleep: Labyrinth of the Forsaken.
Originally released as a series of online Flash games before being bundled and sold commercially, the earlier games saw players assume the role of a character “struggling to escape from their subconscious after an interest in lucid dreaming goes awry.” This time around, players control a small-town vet named Amy, whose “world is engulfed by the dark following the unexplained sudden death of her estranged brother Thomas, and the revelation of an obsession with lucid dreaming he kept secret from the world.” In following her brother’s research, Amy’s own dreams start to “contort and twist, and she begins to wonder whether Thomas was onto something extraordinary, and maybe, just maybe, he isn’t actually dead.”
As with its predecessors, Labyrinth of the Forsaken is a retro-styled point-and-click pixel art adventure. This time, however, the presentation is in third person as players guide Amy through “nightmarish and otherworldly environments with elements of randomized design,” each conveying the indie Polish developer’s “signature tension, atmosphere, and horror.” Along with many puzzles to solve, there will be “bizarre and dangerous beings” to confront at times as you “fight your fears with turn-based encounters” that involve utilizing the protagonist’s ability to shape the world according to her will. If she’s to succeed in reaching one of the game’s multiple endings, you’ll need to “improve and unlock new skills for Amy to help keep her alive and make her stronger.”
There is no firm target release date just yet, but Deep Sleep: Labyrinth of the Forsaken is due to launch on Steam sometime in 2023 for Windows PC, with other platforms still to be determined. That gives you plenty of time to catch up on the previous games, which are also available for purchase as the Deep Sleep Trilogy.