Sci-fi survival horror Signalis’s debut trailer is chilling

Signalis

Signalis has been quietly lurking in the dark corners of the internet for some time.  A slow-burn project from two-person studio Rose-Engine, it promises traditional survival horror systems paired with a sharp PSX-esque aesthetic. They’ve been showing it off at trade shows and conventions for some years, buy only now has a proper trailer surfaced. Oddly fitting for a horror game that it lay just on the periphery of our vision for so long before creeping us all out with its cold and lonely sci-f atmosphere.

Billed as a Lovecraft-inspired sci-fi story, players step into the utilitarian space-boots of Elster, a ‘Replika’ (presumably some manner of android). She finds herself marooned on a desolate and frozen planet where things have obviously gone quite terribly wrong. At least, it’s hard to draw any other conclusion from the fresh trails of blood. There will apparently be combat in Signalis, judging from an inventory showing a variety of guns, though the trailer holds off on spoiling what your enemies look like in action.

Developers Rose-Engine (made up of arty duo Alexander Zwerger & Barbara Wittmann) have been working on this one for some time, as this early 2014 concept shows. The current iteration of the game seems to have settled on a blend of sharp pixels and PlayStation-era 3D, and a more isolated setting. In the intervening years they also released a pair of little browser games on Itch.io; Grim platformer Ascend, and jokey monster-therapy adventure Coffin Counselling.

While there’s no hint as to when Signalis will be released, Rose-Engine plan on running a Kickstarter for the game soon, and the game’s official site offers a newsletter so you’ll know when it goes live. While nobody should ever bet money on my predictions (I am such a poor judge of these things), I have a feeling this one will be swiftly funded once the Kickstarter page goes up, but maybe I’m just a sucker for a very well edited trailer.

10 Comments

  1. Sinky says:

    A rather Gantz looking outfit.

  2. DatonKallandor says:

    From the teaser it kind of reminds of the white chamber, another sci-fi horror with copious amounts of empty sci-fi building/vehicle absent of people but filled with blood and weirdness.

  3. caff says:

    Looks rather good.

  4. anon459 says:

    Reminds me of the intro to Super Metroid. I’m interested.

  5. cpt_freakout says:

    Getting tired of all the “Lovecraft-inspired” games but this looks pretty interesting.

  6. racccoon says:

    No not…dooo durr darrr, oh, dooo durrr darrr, oh, dooo durr darr, dooo durrr darr, doo durr darrr, oh, doo durr darr, oh, doo durr darr, doo durr darrr, dooo durr darrr. do dur dar doo durr darrrrr..silence lol

  7. Eleriel says:

    That looks gorgeous!

    I love this aesthetic. especially since it usually means the team focuses more on depth of gameplay (think Teleglitch or Salt & Sanctuary).

  8. mejoff says:

    Clearly made by someone who likes the trailer for Alien.

  9. party_walrus says:

    Love the numbers station vibe at the end of the trailer.

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