If you’re a regular reader of this site, you know we don’t often discuss Kickstarter projects (unless it’s a story about Airbnb squatters/Kickststarter game devs). Today’s exception to this rule is Pathologic, an ambitious open-world survival game coming out of Russia.
The game’s uniquely dark visual style has certainly turned some heads across the Internet it seems, as the team has nearly achieved their Kickstarter goal with 14 days left in the campaign. Awesome art aside, the game’s creators are promising a mysterious, plot-driven experience that places players in chain of events during deadly disease outbreak.
Taking place over a 12 day period, Pathologic is set in a small but mysterious town hit by a deadly and highly infectious disease whose origins are unknown. To fight the epidemic the local authorities send in a doctor, an inquisitor to assess the situation, and then a military commander with orders to destroy the town as a last resort. Along with the authorities’ agents, two volunteer healers find their way to the town-with-no-name along with the doctor, each of them with their own ideas on how this sinister disease came to be.
Taking on the role of one of these three doctors, players explore the town, its weird traditions and the complex relationships of its inhabitants in their quest to overcome this invisible evil called the Sand Plague, trying to find a way to fight and destroy the contagion itself, whilst endeavoring to save as many lives as possible and not to succumb to the disease themselves.
The plot of Pathologic is broken down into 12 chapters reflecting the 12 days the game is set across, each of them carrying new stories, quests and events. Time, however, flows mercilessly; if you fail to finish a task when it is due the opportunity is lost, as are human lives…
12 days in a town devoured by a plague. An unseen enemy you cannot kill. A game where you cannot save everyone. This is Pathologic.
Pathologic is currently in development for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
To learn more and fund Pathologic, visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1535515364/pathologic.