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Signalis Is a Rad PS1-Feeling ‘Retrotech’ Survival Horror Game

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Publisher Humble Games and developer rose-engine have shared a gameplay trailer for Signalis, a retro survival horror game in development for PC. The game primarily uses pixel art, but the animation and the camera angles unexpectedly evoke PlayStation 1 games like the original Resident Evil and even Metal Gear Solid. It looks pretty slick, and screen filters sometimes make it feel like the game is running on an old CRT screen. Perhaps that’s why the game is described as having “surreal retrotech worlds.”

And surreal is the right word, because the Signalis gameplay trailer raises a lot of questions and answers zero of them. Your guess of what’s going on is as good as anyone else’s. You are a technician “Replika” named Elster who is searching for her “dreams,” which have somehow been lost. The quest to retrieve them will involve psychological horror, cosmic horror, and an atmosphere informed by the Cold War.

Signalis has no release window and no confirmed platforms beyond Steam, so stay tuned for more updates. Meanwhile, Humble Games announced or provided updates on several upcoming titles today. We’ve covered the major highlights, with Signalis, role-playing musical Stray Gods, and co-op 3D heist sequel Monaco 2. There are plenty of cool indie games on the way right now.

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Former Managing Editor at The Escapist. I have been writing about video games since 2018 and editing writing on IT, project management, and video games for around a decade. I have an English degree, but Google was a more valuable learning resource. I taught English in South Korea for a year in 2018, and it was exponentially more fun than living in Pennsylvania. My major passions in life are SNES, Japanese RPGs, Berserk, and K-pop. I'm currently developing the game Boss Saga with my brother, which is guaranteed to change your life and you should buy it.