Action RPG Mortal Shell will "test your sanity" when it releases later this year

By Heidi Nicholas,
Mortal Shell is a grim new action-RPG releasing later this year. There seems to be a few similarities to Souls games, and the announce trailer shows a dark world where players seek out the Mortal Shells of defeated warriors.


"Mortal Shell is a deep action-RPG that tests your sanity and resilience in a shattered world", according to the game's description. "Combat is strategic, deliberate, and unforgiving." The Mortal Shells are the remnants of lost warriors, which players assume to absorb their powers. The path ahead will be filled with "desperate adversaries", "inscrutable gods", and "creatures both pitiable and grotesque".

Like the Souls games, it seems players will be an empty vessel; doing the bidding of the strange Dark Father. IGN has the official description as: "Awakening as an empty vessel, you will enter into a shattered and twisted world where the remains of humanity wither and rot. Implored to do the bidding of the mysterious “Dark Father”, you must traverse this tattered landscape and track down hidden sanctums of devout followers. There, in Mortal Shell’s most hallowed grounds, you must overcome formidable foes and harvest the sacred glands. You won’t be truly alone when the dead litter your path: Scattered across this land are the remnant anima of lost warriors who can be inhabited to gain their unique abilities and knowledge of weapons. The Dark Father is desperate for you to complete your task — but to what end?"

Mortal Shell is being developed by Cold Symmetry, and will release in Q3 2020.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!