The launch date of Mortal Shell, the upcoming Souls-like from Cold Symmetry and Playstack, has been announced via a new trailer. The game is coming out on August 18th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Epic Games Store, where it is up for pre-orders. If you’re looking to get it on Steam, you’ll have to wait until some time in 2021. There’s no exact launch date at the time of writing; we just know it’ll launch on Valve’s platform next year.
So, what exactly is Mortal Shell all about? Well, for the most part, it seems like a fairly classic Souls-like. You have your diseased, decaying world, extremely difficult bosses ranging from knights to various monsters, unforgiving combat, the works. Humanity is rotting away, “zealous foes fester in the ruins,” and it’s your job to hack through their “hidden sanctums” and discover your true purpose. The whole checklist is there.
The one feature that does differentiate Mortal Shell from the others of its ilk is the possession mechanic. As the description on Steam reads: “The lost remains of defeated warriors are yours to discover. Awaken these Mortal Shells, occupy their bodies and significantly open your understanding to diverse masteries of combat.” As I understand it, you possess the bodies of departed heroes, and, depending on who you enter, your combat style will change. It’s almost like you get to change your class on the fly, which could be an interesting concept.
So, there you have it. If you want to get a better feeling of Mortal Shell and what it’s trying to do, check out the launch date trailer below. It doesn’t really demonstrate anything that differs too much from Dark Souls, but at least it really goes for the gloomy atmosphere and overall underlying insanity of the game’s world.