Indie publisher Versus Evil and developer Jukai Studio have revealed a release date of 25 October 2023 for its upcoming mystery-driven psychological horror game, Stray Souls. The game features legendary Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka doing the soundtrack in collaboration with indie composer Pete Wicher and seems to be largely inspired by both Resident Evil and Silent Hill in many aspects.
Jukai Studio recently released a launch trailer for Stray Souls, giving players a closer look at the intense third-person gameplay, variety of monsters and some puzzles to tackle. The story is described as psychological horror so expect some nods to Silent Hill along the way, though the gameplay is quite reminiscent of Resident Evil when it comes to its combat and exploration.
The official story description for Stray Souls reads:
“Dive into the mind of Daniel, a teenage boy who inherits a home from his estranged grandmother. As he moves in, Daniel meets the enigmatic Martha who knows more about the house than he would expect. As night falls, dark secrets hiding within the dwelling and Daniel’s past come out of the woodworks – secrets Daniel cannot seem to outrun… Stray Souls combines beloved elements of Japanese survival horror games with an array of new tricks, including a variety of randomized systems where enemy encounters, item placement, paranormal activity and even weather patterns are always changing so no two playthroughs are exactly the same.”
Jukai Studio is an independent game studio established in 2022 with the team focused on creating “memorable experiences within the horror genre.” The developer also aims to push the boundaries of what is possible in the indie game space. Based on the trailer, it seems visually impressive and high-quality considering that it was made on a smaller scale than AAA games.
Stray Souls officially launches on 25 October 2023 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.