Pathologic teases trailers and a demo for Kickbackers

The remake/reimagining of Pathologic [official site] is being teased in some ongoing trailers this week, possibly to remind us that it still exists and is on target for an Autumn release next year. Meanwhile, some Kickstarter backers are getting a playable demo featuring a chunk of the plagued town-in-progress. Was the original Pathologic good? Was it horrific? Unfortunately, no one on earth knows the answer, as confusion and unsettled thoughts invade the mind of anyone who attempts to talk openly about the surreal videogame… event͠uall͟y͠ …… succùmb̵ing to………a ca͠tat͘o҉n̶ic̷ ………. s̠̣͉͈t̥̖̠u̷͍̰̗̱͇̦̻p̞͘o̹͕͓̝̗̮r͚̰͍̘͓̩ …………….

Excuse me. Here’s the first teaser they’ve released. It’s got crows.

Developers Ice Pick Lodge will be pooping out a small video like this every day this week. More significantly, the demo will be sent to backers on Friday – but only to those who pledged $80 or more. If that’s you, you’ll be able to explore “a region of the town”. Folks who gave $45 or more will also be able to play an early version “at a later date”.

Of course, Adam already said all this to you when he told you about the creators’ plans a couple of months ago. You don’t remember though. Perhaps it is for the best.

The final game itself is going to be different from the Pathologic you (half) know, as Ice Pick Lodge have previously told us. There will be some survivalist ideas thrown in there but the core idea remains . You’re exploring a plagued town in a limited time (you’ve got 12 days) trying to cure people and understand the problem while avoiding your own death.

Like I said, it is expected to be released… in Autmun…2017…….whe̶n ̶t͝he cr͘op….. s͞po̶i͘l͢s …………. a҉n͢d the b̮͚̯͙͙̞͡o̩̹̺̲̜̦͕v͖̻i̷͚̟͙̺͈̱n̝͖̪͍͚̪͢e̴͔̻̻̲͔̳ ….. ….. a͔r͓̻͓̬̗̞̕ͅe̢̳̥̬̱͕ ̛̹̰̰̙l̛e̦̜̬̗̦̲d̴͓̠̰̗̲̙̣ …. …. t̙͕̬͙͍̉̐̓͌̚͝ŏ̴͔̖̱̻͎̖̐̌͐̌̆ͮ ̮̭̥̓ş̤͉̱̱̏͐̒ĺ̰̫̥͎̫͒ͅa͕̪̣̟͍̘ͅȕ̷̥̬̳͈͖̆ͅg̛̟̪͕̗͈̈́ͧ͂̚ͅh̼̹̲t̿͋̾̇̎̚ḛ̵̪͔͕͙̊͋͊ͮͨ͂̑r̯ͩ̉ͬ̓ͩ̓̽ͅ ̻̮̟̊͋ͬ…̶̘͉̺̯̪̄̾͛ ̥̤̖ͤ͗ͩ̍̽̃ͫ

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22 Comments

  1. Heliocentric says:

    Very excited to finally dip into it, but what’s an Autmun, is it like a Pokémun?

  2. A Gentleman and a Taffer says:

    Awesome, can’t wait to Steppe back into this

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    Dorga says:

    Such an interesting bunch those Ice-Pick Lodge guys!

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    Ben King says:

    Has anyone here played the HD version? I put a couple kinda inscrutable hrs into the original off GOG but was bewildered by the translation and vast intimidatingly empty city then gave up on it after a hard crash. It came with a hefty discount code for the HD remake but I’m still hesitant…

    • Alevice says:

      The retranslation seems clearer overall. The dialogue is not deliberatedly cryptic rather than just by accident. Still a delight

    • Botanicas says:

      *waves*

      translation is very much improved. city is still vast and intimidatingly empty though, which is largely the point. it’s one of my favourite games but also something i came to late last year, have been pushing against since, and still haven’t really got that far in? the gameplay is Not Good At All as is, but together with the music and the graphics and the writing it all does such a good job of grinding you down to nothing it’s genuinely incredible.

      but also obviously that means it’s just that bit harder to play? if you liked (what you saw of) the writing and the atmosphere enough it’s absolutely worth giving a go / if you weren’t sure maybe watch a couple hours of a playthrough.

      once you get a feel for it, you’ll know.

    • poliovaccine says:

      I’ve played the HD version but not the older one. If you’re wondering if the translation is bad/strange as a result, then yeah, it is. I dont know if it’s any better than it was or something, but if so I mean, I like the game but still, goddamn.

      If you’re wondering about thr graphics, they are HD for the standards of a game made in 2005, yeah, much improved. I have at least seen screens of the original to compare. But yeah the translation is still rough. I happen to like the game enough that I muddle through, though, and it’s totally doable…

    • treat says:

      As someone who has played both the original and the HD remake, the translation is massively improved and it’s exponentially easier to follow along with. That said, people you interact with in this game are not exactly unbiased or honest with you, nor are they usually willing to divulge or discuss topics you’re immediately interested in. There are many obstructions to communication and on the path toward your objectives in Pathologic, by design. It’s cryptic and obtuse but that’s part of its charm, its deceit and its overarching themes.

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      Ben King says:

      Sweet, thanks everyone. You all renewed my interest in giving it a go, I’ll have to cash in that discount on the remake and try it again over the course of the winter!

    • jj2112 says:

      The translation is good. The dialogue is deliberately vague and strange, I’m not a native speaker of English and I could follow the plot without problems.

  5. Alevice says:

    There is a typo in ca͠tat͘o҉n̶ic̷ . Its missing a r̯ͩ̉ͬ̓ͩ̓̽ͅ ̻̮̟̊͋ͬ…̶̘͉̺̯̪̄̾͛ ̥̤̖ͤ͗ͩ̍̽̃ͫ

  6. Chaoslord AJ says:

    Now to remake “The Void”. That was also just depressing somehow, couldn’t bear it for long.

    • Jalan says:

      Beyond the difficulty curve (which can be lessened through patches provided by the devs), that game doesn’t need a remake.

  7. forddent says:

    Oh shit the demo is coming on Friday?

    I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS.

  8. manio22 says:

    I would be a pathological liar if i say that i got any vibe from that trailer.

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      Addie says:

      I misread the caption the first time as ‘it’s got cows’, and was excited to see it. Now that would have been a change in vibe from the original Pathologic. But no.

  9. Ghostwise says:

    C̛̹͜ò̡̘̟̞͚̤̻̫̺͝m̹̝̖m̱̲̘͝ẹ̢͙̮͔̠̟͕͡n̶̡̢͍̯t̲͔́́s̵͈̰͔͎ ̴̵̱̯̦c͓͘͢o͇̜͉̯̩̬͚̘͞n̰̥̟͙̘͟t̮̼͇͎̜̟̰̙̥͘͠ì͎̘͓͖̼̬͕͜n̢̞u̢̧̢̪̖̫̺̳͍̰ͅe̸͉̪̕ ̵̛̰̟̫̠̥b͖͇̼͡ͅe̛̹̣̦̞l͙͈͢o͇̹̙͖͇͎ͅw̵̥̝͕̤̮͇.̷̷̛̬̙̱͈̳̲̘

  10. Don Reba says:

    Developers Ice Pick Lodge will be pooping out a small video like this every day this week. More significantly, the demo will be sent to backers on Friday – but only to those who pledged $80 or more.

    I’m surprised they shared this with the media and not, you know, their backers.

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