Daniel Mullins – creator of such jaw-dropping, genre-defying delights as Pony Island and The Hex – has revealed his latest “self-destructing love letter to video games”. It’s called Inscryption, it’s a card-based horror “odyssey”, and it’s due to arrive on PC next year.
As anyone that’s played Pony Island or The Hex can attest, Mullins’ games aren’t exactly known for shyly staying within the boundaries of convention. In Pony Island, for instance, what starts out as a fairly mundane arcade game soon becomes a battle with satan for the player’s very soul, while The Hex dances furiously through the annals of video gaming to deliver a fascinating genre-bending murder mystery treat.
All of which is to say that Inscryption’s final form could very well be anything – or equally possibly, everything – but, for the time being, Mullins is describing it as a “narrative focused, card-based odyssey that blends the deck-building rogue-like, escape-room style puzzles, and psychological horror into a blood-laced smoothie.”