The creators of The Unholy Society ask what would happen if "The Exorcist, Preacher, and Constantine had a baby?" We're hoping they mean figuratively, but in any case we'll find out later this year when CAT-astrophe Games releases their debut adventure on PC and consoles.
As is often the case when malevolent entities get up to no good, the "world as we know is about to change" when "the united forces of demons, gods, and monsters prepare for another deadly attempt to eradicate 'the big guys' and change the religious status quo." Fighting fire with fire, the Pope requests the help of Bonaventura Horowitz, a "snarky exorcist, who isn't exactly an angel himself." Accompanied by "a group of his peculiar friends," Bon "sets off on a thrilling mission, leaving behind a trail of cigarette butts, empty whiskey bottles, and broken demonic hearts." Before he's done, his journey will see him travel "through the eerie town of Silent Virginia, take part in the Día de los Muertos [the Day of the Dead], and survive the icy cold of Caucasus Mountains."
Inspired by the action movies, comic books and other pop culture influences of the '80s and '90s, The Unholy Society has been designed to provide a similar experience, full of "witty dialogues, fleshed out characters, supernatural creatures, a tiny bit of magic, and a whole lot of retro aesthetics... And, of course, a hella lot of badassery." Controlled by keyboard/mouse or gamepad but possessing point-and-click sensibilities at heart, the experience is akin to other story-driven games like Oxenfree and Night in the Woods. The core gameplay is "divided into two main parts," including a more traditional adventure section with narrative choices to make and puzzles to solve (albeit streamlined for automatic inventory use once the correct items are acquired), as well as an "exorcist fight system" teased in the latest trailer.
There is no firm release date planned just yet, but The Unholy Society is on track to launch sometime before the end of this year on PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. To learn more about the game, check out the official website, where preorders are already being accepted, and follow the newly-unveiled video developer diary, whose next installments will reveal more insight into both aspects of gameplay.