Psychological horror sequel Remothered: Broken Porcelain was unveiled today at Gamescom's Opening Night event, and it looks every bit as eerie as its predecessor. Developers Darril Arts and Stormwind Games shared a few choice details about the game, and their plans to release in mid-2020.
Those who have been following this trilogy will absolutely find familiar elements continued on from Remothered: Tormented Fathers, which launched in 2018. Tormented Fathers was well-received for its intense psychological plot and gameplay defined by investigative puzzles, stealth, and survival; Broken Porcelain promises to preserve those traits and bring a host of new ones to the table as well.
Broken Porcelain will set players to the task of discovering the truth behind the Ashmann Inn, while constantly navigating their weird and dangerous surroundings. According to the game's official Steam description of the inn, "Its many mysteries are intertwined and guarded by the looming threat of the stalkers, powerful hunters trapped in time and the confines of its walls." The game also comes with changes, including an "unprecedented level of immersion" by way of one thing its predecessor definitely didn't have: fully animated real-time cinematics. Developers also promise expanded lore, refined survival mechanics, and a new cast of characters who will intermingle with returning fan favorites.
There's no word yet on whether that cast of characters includes the protagonist of Tormented Fathers, investigator Rosemary Reed, though the series' continued theme of seeking truth suggests that players haven't seen the last of her. Either way, the game's extended lore will include new information about the characters and events of the previous game, so it's possible that many lingering questions will be answered. Developers maintain that Broken Porcelain works for newcomers and returning players alike.
It'll be intriguing to see where Stormwind and Darril Arts go with these running psychological themes. Tormented Fathers featured a bloodthirsty nun, a terrifying case of split personality, and (as with most horror games), murder most foul. Broken Porcelain's plot with stalkers that hide inside walls is a new one, though it clearly offers many ways to make players jump out of their skins.
All that said, it might be time to sharpen up the old 'fight-or-flight' instincts before next summer, as Broken Porcelain seems designed to put those instincts through their paces.
Remothered: Broken Porcelain will launch for PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One in summer 2020.