Mortal Shell, which was previously known as Dungeonhaven, is being developed by a core team of 15 people who all have experience working on some of the biggest AAA games in the world.
“For a small team like ours, developing this title in many ways felt like crossing an ocean on a paddle board,” the studio’s three co-founders — Andrew McLennan-Murray, Anton Gonzalez, and Vitaly Bulgarov — said in a joint statement. “To finally announce Mortal Shell is one of the most exciting and terrifying experiences we’ve had in our lifetimes. The last two years have been a time of non-stop growth, full of shocking revelations of sheer complexity that goes into creating a video game that you, yourself, would really enjoy playing.”
Mortal Shell allows players to discover and occupy different Mortal Shells from their vanquished enemies. Each shell provides its own mastery of skills and weapon upgrades and allows for different playstyles.
Combat, like others in the soulslike genre, is very strategic and delibrate and requires much of the player. Mortal Shell’s non-linear campaign will test the skills of any who undertake its challenge across marsh-infested lowlands, a gargantuan cathedral of obsidian rock, and an ancient crypt frozen into the crest of a mountain.
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The official description for Mortal Shell is as follows:
“Awakening as an empty vessel, you will enter into a shattered and twisted world where the remains of humanity wither and rot. Implored to do the bidding of the mysterious “Dark Father”, you must traverse this tattered landscape and track down hidden sanctums of devout followers. There, in Mortal Shell’s most hallowed grounds, you must overcome formidable foes and harvest the sacred glands. You won’t be truly alone when the dead litter your path: Scattered across this land are the remnant anima of lost warriors who can be inhabited to gain their unique abilities and knowledge of weapons. The Dark Father is desperate for you to complete your task — but to what end?”
While Mortal Shell won’t be released until later this year, players can head to MortalShells.com to learn how they can sign up for a limited closed beta.
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