Saturnalia is a survival horror indie game with a must-see art style

Saturnalia is an upcoming indie survival horror game, and it has one of the funniest visual styles in the genre I’ve seen in a minute.

Developed by Italian studio Santa Ragione, Saturnalia is heavily influenced by Italian Sardinian folklore and inspired by Italian Giallo horror films (usually scarier mystery thrillers). In it, you take control of four different characters, all connected by a mysterious storyline tied to the “haunting traditions” of an ancient village.

“The village itself is an elaborate labyrinth, no two iterations are exactly the same – you’ll have to explore and solve the game’s mysteries largely unguided,” the game’s website read. “Die, watch the village reconfigure into a new form. Use the tools and items found along the way to solve puzzles and open shortcuts to new territories, unlock every part of the story with different characters, each fit to explore and another aspect of the investigation.”

All of these sound great, but Saturnalia’s unique art style excites me the most. It’s like a mix of stop-motion and sketchbook, and it looks like a good fit for the horror elements of the game. Check it out for yourself below:

Santa Ragione is the studio behind games like Fotonica, MirrorMoon EP, and Wheels of Aurelia. Saturnalia hasn’t set a release date yet, but it’s coming to PC exclusively through the Epic Games Store sometime in 2022. The studio plans to release the game on other platforms, but the exact timing is still to be determined.


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