Wailing Heights Revealed for Xbox One

By Kelly Packard,
Ugh, don't you just hate it when dead musicians rise up from the grave and demand you manage their comeback act? Unfortunately, that's just a minor inconvenience compared to everything else on Frances Finklestein's plate in the upcoming adventure game Wailing Heights.

As the story goes, our protagonist Frances is the ex-manager of Great Britain's famed group The Deadbeats. Clearly having no experience with the fact that you're never supposed to venture into small towns with eerie names like "Silent Hill," he accepts an invitation to a little place called "Wailing Heights." Everyone there is different than your average person, and by different, I mean dead — it's a town filled to the brim with werewolves, ghosts, vampires and zombies. It turns out the citizens of Wailing Heights aren't too keen on playing host to a living being, so they do what any civilized band of the undead does and throw him in jail.


Frances' only tool for escape is the Possession Wheel. In this musical point-and-click game, you'll have to locate a resident's name, an item they hate and an item they love to fill in the blanks on song lyrics and gain possession of their body, which comes with some super-cool undead skills alongside it. Hopping from body to body, Frances will have to work his way out of this mess, and all the new messes he comes across, like The Deadbeats coming back from the dead to get the gang back together.

Wailing Heights' music is inspired by several different genres, including pop, rock and soul. The developers, Outsider Games, promise you won't be able to stop humming this "coffin-rocking soundtrack." If "We are the Deadbeats" isn't stuck in your head after viewing the trailer below, then you are stronger than I.

The art is inspired by comic books and is drawn by recognizable artists like Preacher's Glenn Fabry, Batman's John McCrea and Judge Dredd's P.J. Holden. You might also recognize the scriptwriter, Kevin Beimers, from Schrödinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark.


The game already launched on PC in April, where it was received positively and hailed by users for its soundtrack, pop culture references, dialogue and attention to detail.

Wailing Heights currently has no release date, but will be launching on Xbox One.

We've got the full list of Wailing Heights achievements - check the list for guides to unlocking them.
Kelly Packard
Written by Kelly Packard
In a few descriptors: college student, longtime gamer, writer and junk food enthusiast. I contribute to TrueAchievements as a news writer and reviewer. Usually, you can find me knee-deep in a multiplayer game while ignoring my growing backlog or on one forum or another discussing all things gaming.