Yuppie Psycho - Game Trailer Revealed
Written by Ryan Noble
Studio: Baroque Decay
Available on: Steam (https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=821410561)
Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
The first day of a new job isn't easy for anyone, but it's going to be a particularly bad one in Baroque Decay's upcoming pixel-horror, Yuppie Psycho. On the plus side, at least that first day will have a score composed by Michael Kelly, who has also composed for games such as VA-11 HALL-A. The studio is currently looking for votes on Steam Greenlight, plans to release the game in 2017, and showed off gameplay in a recent trailer.
In Yuppie Psycho, a young man named Brian Pasternak has received an invitation to work at the headquarters of Sintracorp, one of the most important companies in an alternate, dystopian 1990s. When he gets there, all nerves and shiny shoes, everything is not as it seems. The success of Sintracorp came from a dark place, where a witch made it all possible, and now it seems like she's back. It's up to you to explore the headquarters, speak to your terrified co-workers, solve puzzles, and unravel the mystery at Sintracorp's foundation. Oh, and try to survive amidst a ghastly group of various creatures prowling the offices.
According to the studio, “Yuppie Psycho has a retro aesthetic from the golden age of the 90’s, featuring anime-inspired cutscenes to immerse the player in an atypical horror story... [and is inspired by] mystery and surrealism... previously devised by artists such as David Lynch, David Cronenberg, J.G. Ballard, and Shinya Tsukamoto”. The influences don't stop there, either...
Even the soundtrack has multiple inspirations – such as Halloween, Carrie, Suspiria, and Friday the 13th (which recently completed a closed beta that I previewed here). The studio hopes that this will create a “mysterious, oppressive, and chilling soundtrack, but at the same time, one of delicate and unmistakable beauty that will stick with you even when you're not playing”. Sounds good to me.
Based on the trailer alone, Yuppie Psycho looks incredibly similar to the style and gameplay of The Count Lucanor, in an office rather than a castle. This is by no means a bad thing as Baroque Decay's previous game was charmingly eerie. In fact, I'd recommend playing it while you wait, if you haven't already. Yuppie Psycho is looking for votes over on Steam now, and assuming that it gets these, will look to launch on Steam for PC, Mac and Linux in 2017. Until then, keep up to date with the game via its website and don't accept any new jobs. The hours might be killer...
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