Mobile gamers may be familiar with developer Benjamin Rivers by way of his incredibly interesting narrative horror game Home ($2.99) that released on iOS way back in 2013 following its desktop and console release the previous year. Or you may also know his follow-up title, the sci-fi adventure game Alone With You which released in 2016 on desktop and console but never found its way to mobile. Now Rivers is once again prepping the release of his newest game called Worse than Death, and this one will be finding its way to iOS devices in addition to Switch, PS4, and Steam. Here’s the official description blurb, followed by the announcement trailer for Worse Than Death.
“Worse Than Death is a scary, emotional thriller about a high school reunion that goes horribly wrong. You play Holly, a tough, smart, 28-year-old who returns home to confront her past, only to face a nightmare she could never imagine. As she runs for her life, desperate to rescue her best friend Flynn from a terrible force that’s hunting them both, Holly must survive unexpected truths about her home town, her friends, and even herself."
Worse Than Death is described as “Like an episode of X-Files fused with the dark melodrama of Riverdale" and I feel like that vibe totally comes through in that trailer. Also the incredibly well-animated pixel art is accompanied by comic-like illustrations that were all drawn entirely on an iPad Pro, which I think is pretty cool. Another really cool aspect to this game’s release that I’m not sure I’ve seen before is that the developer is letting players help shape some of the lore ahead of the actual launch. They’ve set up a Discord server where you can read some backstory about a character named Sam who is the town’s lovable bartender, and then each week folks in the server can vote on Sam’s next actions, shaping the outcome of a side story that will tie in directly to the main story in Worse Than Death. Pretty neat! As for a specific release date nothing has been announced yet but it sounds like it’ll be coming pretty soon, so we’ll give you a heads up whenever more details are released.