Signalis retro anime horror emerges from the cold in October

Like an unknown predator, Signals (opens in new tab) appeared on my radar several times over the last few years, only to retreat back into arctic snow. But it looks like the icy thriller is almost ready to pounce, announcing an October 27 release date in the Guerrilla Collective’s showcase today.

Signalis comes on the heels of a whole wave of retro horror games for sure. But it sets itself apart both by taking very direct cues from the top-down tank controls of Resident Evil and Silent Hill, but also by how it’s absolutely dripping with vibes.

It’s the cold, isolated horror of The Thing, the clunky retro-futuristic machinery of Alien, the analog interfaces of Evangelion, told in a story of androids and monsters deep in an icy, lonely world. It’s impressive to watch, that’s what I’m saying, and I hope it’s as exciting as playing it.

You also don’t have to wait until October to try it out. Signalis, like most games on today’s Guerrilla Collective show, currently has a demo available to try out. Steam (opens in new tab).

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