Kitfox Games,the Montreal which has brought us such gems as this year’s Moon Hunters and Shattered Planet, has just announced what they have in store for gamers in 2017. The result couldn’t be more perfect for an October announcement. The Shrouded Isle is a cult village simulator that promises to bring a new spin on the city/community manager game. You play as the leader of a village full of cultists, and it is your task to provide for them by finding food, shelter, and…appropriate human sacrifices.
Yep, that’s right. Part of your job as leader in The Shrouded Isle is figuring out which human sacrifices will appease the gods, and this becomes crucial to your people’s survival. Failure to do so will unleash their wrath. Of course it’s not quite that simple. Aside from having to provide resources and keeping the old gods off your back, you also have worldly power struggles to deal with. The village has five major families, each of which is always vying for top spot. So there is a political element to the game as well. Like Moon Hunters, procedural generation will be a part of The Shrouded Isle, and all villagers and relationships will be procedurally generated, making the game highly replayable.
The Shrouded Isle aims to be a game not just about blood thirsty gods and sacrifice, but about human relationships and balance. Key to success is choosing the right people to sacrifice (if you sacrifice everyone’s favourite kids, well, they’re not going to be too happy about that), as well as uniting the warring local houses. Players will swiftly find out how far they will go not just to appease the supernatural, but the citizenry as well. And of course this is accompanied by Kitfox’s signature hand drawn illustration style, so it’s a visually arresting game as well, made up entirely of contrasting shades of green. It’s definitely a game for lovers of both Sim City and H.P. Lovecraft.
The Shrouded Isle will be released for PC on Steam in February 2017.
//Screenshots of The Shrouded Isle provided by Kitfox Games.