Presenting a very literal meaning to the term "marked for death," PC players will soon be able to find out for themselves what console players have known for a while when the mature-themed visual novel-styled horror adventure Death Mark is released in April.
Death Mark takes place in "the shadows of Tokyo's H City," where "a mysterious disfigurement, like a grotesque birthmark, has been appearing on the bodies of certain individuals." This blight is far from just cosmetic, however, as "anyone who receives the Mark will rapidly die of unknown, horrifying causes." Unfortunately for you, you're the latest victim to be branded by this curse, and now "deprived of your memories, you arrive at a mansion rumored to protect the bearers of the Mark. As the doors swing open, the countdown to death has already begun..."
Far from a traditional adventure game, Death Mark plays out more like a stylishly hand-drawn visual novel with exploration and survival elements. Promising a "quiet, slow-burning horror," the game nevertheless confronts players with moments of intense terror, in which "the wrong reaction can lead to a swift and sudden end." While exploring the mysterious manor, you will need to "engage in dialogue and action choices that affect the story's outcome. Some actions lead to instances of violence, with players using various items to defend themselves or attack enemy spirits." Even when victorious, however, "it’s not enough to defeat the spirit that cursed you, it must be done in the right way." For those who aren't careful and observant along the way, you may just find that some fates are worse than death.
Originally released for the PlayStation 4, Vita and Nintendo Switch last Halloween, the Windows PC port of Death Mark is due to arrive on Steam on the 4th of April.