If you’ve been wondering about the status of Scorn, the strange atmospheric horror game with visuals reminiscent of H.R. Giger from developer Ebb Software, wonder no more because a 14-minute gameplay trailer was posted today.
The trailer shows the game running on Xbox Series X hardware and the crystal clear graphics on the Series X really add to the unsettling feeling you get exploring the world of Scorn.
Warning, if you suffer from trypophobia (fear of holes) we don’t recommend watching this trailer because there are few things you can interact with in the game that will probably make you feel a little queasy.
Scorn Gets an Extended Gameplay Trailer for Xbox Series X
Ebb Software treated curious gamers to an extended gameplay trailer for their upcoming M (Mature 17+) rated horror monstrosity, Scorn. What you see in the trailer is the game running on Xbox Series X hardware.
Seeing the way the game performs in the trailer can help give you an idea as to what the experience of playing Scorn on the console will be like once the game is released in 2021.
The trailer doesn’t explain the things you’re looking at, or what the end goal is as you move from area to area. You’re supposed to just sit back and soak in how twisted everything is.
It’s hard to describe the content of the gameplay that’s shown in the 14-minute trailer in detail because a lot of it is just… indescribable.
The game is purposefully designed to make you feel as though you’ve been thrown into a dream-like world so you aren’t supposed to understand what’s going on around you. Descriptions for the game provided by Ebb Software have been kept purposefully vague in order to avoid spoiling things for gamers.
On Steam, Scorn is described as follows:
"Scorn is an atmospheric first-person horror adventure game set in a nightmarish universe of odd forms and somber tapestry. It is designed around the idea of 'being thrown into the world.' Isolated and lost inside this dream-like world, you will explore different interconnected regions in a non-linear fashion.
The unsettling environment is a character itself. Every location contains its own theme (story), puzzles and characters that are integral in creating a cohesive world. Throughout the game you will open up new areas, acquire different skill sets, weapons, various items and try to comprehend the sights presented to you."
When we look at Scorn, we can’t help but think of the prolific works of Swiss artist H.R. Giger who painted a lot of human and machine crossover images. He also did design work for the film Alien.
We wouldn’t say that Scorn’s world is inherently “alien” in nature though as the creatures you encounter look more like demons than aliens. It’s more like an alien’s concept of hell viewed from the eyes of a human who was never supposed to be there in the first place.
The more we try and explain it, the more confusing it becomes. It’s better to watch the gameplay trailer and form your own opinions. Although, we will say that there are parts of the trailer that are not going to go over well with people who suffer from trypophobia.
It’s mostly some machines that have a lot of holes set up in the exact way that would set off people with trypophobia. We don’t personally have this phobia, but we’ll admit we felt uncomfortable looking at some of these machines. Of course, this is the whole point of the game.
For horror game fans who don’t get scared anymore and are bored of jump scares, Scorn looks like a must-play title. One that’ll stick with you long after you finish playing the game. To get a better idea as to what we’re rambling on about, we’ve embedded the full trailer down below.