Nazism and occultism have long been linked, and we'll soon get to explore that theory firsthand in indie Argentinian developer Diego Cánepa's upcoming pixel art action-adventure Nine Witches: Family Disruption.
The game is set during World War II in Sundäe, a "Nazi oppressed village on the northeast coast of Norway," where a mysterious division of the SS is "using an evil curse in a desperate attempt to change the course of war." Professor Alexei Krakowitz, confined to a wheelchair but able to commune with the dead, and his Japanese assistant Akiro work for a paranormal investigations unit, and the two are sent undercover to resolve the supernatural phenomena occurring in the rural Norse town. Controlling both characters throughout the game, switching at will, players will not only get to explore the village but also "experience the Astral Plane, the nexus between the earthly world and the hereafter," as you "help lost souls to continue their journey to the hereafter."
The beautiful (if at times disturbingly grim) 2D pixel art may look like a traditional point-and-click adventure, but Nine Witches is a gamepad (recommended) or keyboard-controlled game that involves a certain amount of shooting. This will require a degree of dexterity, but combat is not the main focus of the "crazy story full of surprises," as players will spend the majority of their time exploring, investigating, talking to various characters and solving puzzles. The atmosphere will range from gloomy to amusing, but promises to be "always bizarre" along the way.
Created largely by one man, Nine Witches: Family Disruption is still more than a year from completion, with a tentative release target set for the end of 2019 on PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One. To follow its progress in the meantime, be sure to visit the game's official website for additional details.