After Five Years in Development, Visage Is Being Released Near Halloween

The game will leave Early Access on Oct. 30.

After being in development since 2015, the psychological horror game Visage will be released at the end of the month on Oct. 30, just in time to still make the spooky season.

SadSquare Studio’s first game has been in development since January 2015. It was originally announced in September 2015. The project was successfully funded on Kickstarter through a campaign running from January to March 2016. An Early Access version of the game containing the first chapter was released in October 2018, while the second chapter was released on July 4, 2019. The game has been said to have multiple endings and have a length of about eight to 10 hours, at least for the main story.

Visage takes place in a mysterious and ever-changing house that will offer terrifying experiences. You’ll travel through a “slow-paced, atmospheric world that combines both uncannily comforting and horrifyingly realistic environments” as a man named Dwayne Anderson. It’s the 1980s, and Anderson is exploring this centuries-old house in which “terrible things have happened” throughout its many eras and inhabitants. The description on its Steam page says that you will “wander through the gloomy corridors, explore every dead room, and get lost in endless mazes, your head filling with memories of the dead families that once lived in this very home. This twisted environment, void of any life other than yours, takes you to places you couldn’t even bear imagining.”

The description goes on to elaborate on the plot, stating:

This house is stained with a terrible past. Families were brutally murdered by their own family members, people went insane, many committed suicide, and other grisly events occurred. Each and every room has its story painted on an invisible canvas. As a player, you will relive parts of this dark past, and each of its fragments will leave you restless and terrified. You’ll soon wish you could join the dead’s ranks in their abyss, but death won’t help you leave this place. Will you run from it, or will you try to uncover the truth behind the shadows?

The families that died in the house will haunt you and leave you restless. They’ll follow your every move, watch you from every corner, play tricks with your mind, and try to attack you. Why do they haunt you? What have you done? This you have to find out on your own.

In Visage, you are a largely defenseless protagonist. While you’ll pick up key elements, interact with the environment, and search for things that will bring you closer to the truth of whatever this house is, you won’t be using any weapons. Avoid terror and losing your sanity in order to make it past the many dark entities that threaten to consume you. Expect to die a lot, which the developer says is part of the game.

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The game’s Twitter account had been silent since February 14 this year. Before that, its most recent post was all the way back on July 3, 2019. After such a considerable amount of radio silence, fans are thrilled to be playing the full game soon enough.

Early Access has shown to be an invaluable tool for many video games in recent years. Early Access allows players to play games through various pre-release stages, providing crucial feedback for developers to improve their projects for an eventual full release. Phasmophobia, one of the most popular and enjoyable games right now, is having a particularly successful Early Access run. After a few years of being in Early Access, the incredible roguelike Hades recently launched to widespread critical acclaim. While I prefer to wait for Baldur’s Gate III to emerge from its own Early Access period so that I can experience it as flawlessly as possible, many players are having a great time playing through its buggy but fantastic content. Those are just a few examples from this year alone.

Visage has a “very positive” rating on Steam from over 2,600 reviews. You won’t have to wait long to play this P.T. spiritual successor. It will be available on PC in less than a week.

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Natalie Flores

Natalie is Fanbyte's Featured Contributor, with bylines at places like VICE, Polygon, PC Gamer, Paste Magazine, and more.

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