Slitherine announces Stirring Abyss
, a squad-based roguelike from
Swedish indie developer Sleepy Sentry coming "soon" to Windows via
This offers an unusual set-up, as it's inspired by an H.P. Lovecraft story, but
is set after the writer's death during the cold war. It also centers on the
exploits of a submarine crew, but is not set aboard a sub. Word is: "A tactical
squad-based game with strong RPG elements and a Lovecraftian narrative, Stirring
Abyss plunges players into the deep end as they take charge of the surviving
crew of the USS Salem, a submarine struck by disaster whilst on a top-secret
research mission in the early years of the Cold War. They find themselves
surrounded by the ruins of a forgotten civilization, their badly damaged vessel
lying stranded at the bottom of the ocean." The game's
live, offering gameplay screenshots and a cinematic
Taking inspiration from the short story The Temple by H.P.
Lovecraft, in which a German submarine gets lost underwater during the First
World War, in Stirring Abyss you follow the horrifying destiny of the members of
the USS Salem’s crew, as they suffer from disturbing nightmares and
hallucinations after the discovery of an ancient, cursed relic. In Story Mode,
you slowly unravel the mysteries of the depths in a desperate quest to rescue
your missing crewmembers and fix the crippled Salem. The choices you make
determine the fate of your crew – and that of the entire world.
Every expedition lives or dies by the strength of its crew. You have a
diverse array of character traits and skills at your disposal, each opening
exciting new options for both combat and story events. As you delve ever deeper,
you may also subject your crew to powerful but grisly mutations; the price of
survival is high, and no one escapes the abyss unchanged.
The horrors of the void hiding in the deep waters can become too much to bear,
and your crew may experience episodes of exhaustion and insanity. Will their
psyche get stronger, or will it be forever damaged? Only a game of dice with
Fate itself will determine the outcome.
Salvaged resources can be turned into weapons, armor, or other useful supplies –
or used to repair and upgrade the Salem, giving your crew a crucial edge in the
fight for survival. The more you explore the abyss during the missions, the more
chance you have of finding lost treasures of the deep.
The hauntingly beautiful environment holds many secrets and mysteries to
explore, but danger lurks just outside the feeble circles of light you can bring
with you. Be wise, and use your skills to scout the black waters and light up
the path: unseen terrors may be hiding just out of sight.
Endless Mode pits your crew in a roguelike battle against a never-ending army of
enemies that will grow stronger and stronger as you progress. It is the ultimate
test of strategic ability as you not only decide how to improve your own squad,
but also pick your poison and choose which powers your foes will