Experience 80s Chinese horror with Arrogation: Unlight of Day (Steam demo available now)

Horror is best when it comes from Asia.

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It’s tough for horror games to stand out at this particular time of year… however, it’s also the right time of year to launch them. Thankfully for Arrogation: Unlight of Day, it does stand out as something to pay attention to. You might not be able to play the full game until 2023, but the demo will give you your Halloween chills.

Arrogation stands out because it is set in rural China in the 80s. That’s a setting that’s not often explored for anything, let alone horror, but we also know that Chinese horror doesn’t mess around. This demo looks incredibly atmospheric and creepy and, thanks to Unreal Engine 5, also like it’s pushing well above its weight.

The press release promises something rather… curious, too. “Unique Puzzle Design – In Yunlin, you will find some sickly creative puzzles that can only be solved in a sickly creative way. Sounds, lighting, and even monsters themselves are part of the puzzle. Overcome your fear and find a way out! Environmental mechanics works closely with items in your hand.” Now it is easy to chalk the use of “sickly” up as a translation bug, but the rest of the press release is in perfectly working English, so that tells me that there is something about this puzzle design to keep an eye out for… the developers seem to be trying something with it.

The game is being published by Gamesky Games – a fairly new, Chinese publisher and localisation company. Perhaps their most notable work so far has been Hellslave, a dark dungeon crawler that was released earlier this year (and I cannot believe I missed it, because it does look really good). Arrogation actually comes from the same developer (fellow Chinese outfit, Corax Studios), and marks this company as one to watch.

There’s no firm release date for the game as yet, but you can wishlist it now and try the demo out for yourself. Don’t worry that the Steam page title is in Chinese, the game itself has been localised into English.

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Matt S. is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of DDNet. He's been writing about games for over 20 years, including a book, but is perhaps best-known for being the high priest of the Church of Hatsune Miku.

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