Tuesday - June 21, 2022
Dread Delusion - Preview @ Inverse
Inverse checked out the open world RPG Dread Delusion:
Dread Delusion feels like Lovecraft made an Elder Scrolls game
Who needs a main story with all these side quests?
The residents of Hallow live their lives under the ever-present neuron star, the world is shattered and those that remain cling to life on islands in the sky. This is Dread Delusion, a new RPG in early access from developer Lovely Hellplace. Dread Delusion combines elements from Elden Ring, Elder Scrolls, and the retro aesthetic of the PS1. Even in its incomplete form, the game offers such deep worldbuilding that I felt compelled to turn over every rock and find every secret available to me. Who needs one thousand planets when a game like this can offer such expertly crafted experiences that still give the player a sense of scale?
As a newly released prisoner, it is your job to track down and apprehend the outlaw, Vela Callo. This is a setup that sounds right out of an Elder Scrolls game. Before being released to the world, you set your character's attributes based on a handful of backstory options, I choose to boost my Wisdom and Guile as I prefer to be sneaky. Once the short intro quest is completed, Dread Delusion opens its map, letting you explore to your heart's content. See that mountain? You can go there.
Retro is in - Dread Delusion is billed as a retro horror RPG with PlayStation 1 visuals. The basic mechanics of the game are heavily inspired by earlier Elder Scrolls titles. It harkens back to the tabletop roots of roleplaying video games with lockpicking visualized by a literal roll of the dice and players needing to boost stats to pass skill checks. The Oneiric Isles, the game’s setting, look and feel like the island of Vvardenfell from Morrowind, down to the giant mushrooms scattered across the landscape.
But Dread Delusion isn’t just a Morrowind clone; The Lovecraftian horror elements are as palpable as the RPG influences. Dread Delusion began life as one of several demos on the Haunted PS1 Demo Disc 2020. The Demo Disc was made to evoke an existential horror in the player through a collection of unsettling games all in the style of the PS1. In the case of Dread Delusion, the brand of horror is cosmic. The main struggle between people in Dread Delusion is between those who worship the gods, cosmic beings that can fulfill prayers to dangerous effect, and the Apostatic Union, a group of anti-occult militants that exercise power over much of the land. This struggle propels the player, but along the way, you will meet many regular people just trying to survive.
Thursday - June 16, 2022
Dread Delusion - Early Access Version released
The open world RPG Dread Delusion has been released into Early Access:
The world is broken. Its surface seethes with an undead curse, while humanity clings to flying continents in the sky. From mushroom forests to undead mausoleums, strange places and people await you. But will you find a way to heal this world - or seek power and profit for yourself?
With a beautiful retro 3D aesthetic, Dread Delusion is an open world RPG focused on player choice. Uncover a rich, interactive narrative through the game's quests, or pick a direction and explore by yourself.
Carve your own path. A keen mind or charming wit can prove just as useful as a sword; and your decisions will shape how the story unfolds.
Towns offer a needed respite for the weary traveller. Sleep through the night, trade goods, accept quests and speak with the locals.
- Embark on a central quest-line that will decide the fate of the land, or discover optional stories and challenges.
- With a varied skill system, there’s always an alternative to combat. Charm people, pick locks or use secret knowledge.
- Upgrade weapons - turn a rusty blade into a mastercrafted clockwork contraption.
- Amass a variety of powerful spells and potions to bend reality to your will.
- The Isle of Halloshire
- The Isle of the Endless Realm
- Leveling and Stats
- Basic smithing/alchemy
- Basic Factions AI for Enemies
- New Weapons, Armor, and Accessories
- The Clockwork Kingdom Isle
- The Forbidden Surface Ruins
- Constructible buildings
- Tweaks to Enemy AI
- Building on the Faction AI for Enemy Groups
- Further Fleshing out the Main Story Quest