Indie psychological horror game DARQ now has a release date of August 15, developer Unfold Games has announced. It will launch for Windows on Steam, with Unfold Games stating that releases on consoles “are planned”.
DARQ is a horror game with elements of puzzles and stealth mechanics. It is about a boy named Lloyd, who realizes that he is in a dream and cannot wake up. In Lloyd’s newly lucid dream, everything is black and white, and dangerous creatures are on the hunt for him. Being his own dream, Lloyd can bend the laws of physics to his will, and perform feats like walking on walls and rotating rooms.
However, Unfold Games has said that the creatures will not simply be cheap scares. “Jump scares in DARQ serve one purpose: they help establish that in a dream world anything can happen at any time. However, this isn’t a game that is all about jump scares. Quite the contrary, they rarely occur.” they said in a press release. They also said that the game was “designed around music”, and features a score by composer Wlad Marhulets. This Polish composer has scored for films such as Hitman: Agent 47, The Giver, and November Man. The score is performed by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. Sound design is being handled by Bjorn Jacobsen, who has worked on Cyberpunk 2077 and Eve: Valkyrie.
TechRaptor’s Samuel Guglielmo had the opportunity to play DARQ at E3 2018 and had a positive response to the demo at that time. “In my very brief time with Darq I fell in love with the world. I absolutely can’t wait to see more, as the presentation alone was more than enough to grab me. As I said, it takes a lot for an indie game to stand out at a party. A game like Darq has that indescribable appeal, and that means a lot.” he wrote.