Mourning is a psychological horror game about trying to leave the house

Mourning (opens in new tab) is a first-person psychological horror game about pain, loss, insecurity, and what happens to a person when they can’t even leave their home. It’s set to release later this year, and we got our first look at its frighteningly creepy world in a new trailer that appeared on today’s Future Games Show.

The Steam page for Mourning doesn’t go into great detail about what the game has in store. It promises a “dynamic narrative environment” with “environmental and sensory horror”, depictions of anxiety and depression, and an exploration of different types of phobias, which sure sounds like a good time. The ultimate goal is to escape your home – literally, just get out – a journey that will “take you down a series of paths that will challenge your senses”.

Watching the trailer, however, I think keeping things vague is the smartest way to go. To be blunt, Mourning seems confusing: there are a lot of familiar horror game tropes in sight, like dark hallways, messages scrawled on walls, doors that suddenly open, and – of course – the world’s worst flashlight, but there are hints of things. worse too. As the narration says: “The worst part of hell isn’t the flames, it’s the hopelessness.” Family photos, floating toys, stickers on television, labeled boxes: memories seem to be the theme here, and there is no bigger or more effective trap in the world than memory.

All of this is conjecture, of course – we’ll have to wait a while to find out what Luto is actually going on. (And what the title means, too.) Mourning is scheduled to be released on Steam later this year.

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