A classic survival-horror experience set in a fictional universe where the invisible hand of unspeakable horrors is turning humanity into a fleeting memory. Enter the world of THE KING IN THE SHADES and rid this decaying world of the curse of Gods.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Great games are never made in a feedback vacuum, early access is a crucial step to avoid this common pitfall of solo development, It will also help secure an extra revenue stream for sustainable development ensuring many of the ambitious goals of this project are all the more reachable.
I'm also confident many players would love to play the game in its current state, quality has been placed at the forefront of every step of the development process.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The project has an estimated early access time frame of 3 years of solo development, this is not a fixed period and may be reduced if the opportunity to hire extra developers arises.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The plan for the full version of the game is to have many more levels and plenty of extra combat and non-combat-oriented mechanics that should be introduced as the story progresses into a game that allows for multiple endings.
In between major level additions the goal is to add a full array of general quality improvements like UI overhauls, smarter AI enemies, extra game localization support, etc.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current early access build contains a near-finished version of the first level in the game.
It is in a very polished state meant to serve as a vertical slice of the game for the players to know what to expect of future levels added into the game, the experience from start to finish should be seamless and with replayability features like different combat and puzzle difficulties ready for the players to test their skills in.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The plan is to update the price whenever new levels are introduced to match the fairest price possible for the game, be rest assured that any price increase will be decided & communicated long ahead of time of any major update.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“I will be taking feedback and suggestions from both the community here on Steam and across all other social media available, any performance issue, bug, crash report or feature request that may be reported will play a key role in guaranteeing the player experience I'm seeking to deliver with this game.”
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Planned Release Date: Q3 2024

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About This Game

A classic survival horror set in a dark fantasy world.

An immersive survival horror experience with ruthless combat and puzzles to solve, uncover century old mysteries and the terrible truths of this world as you trace your path forward with scant resources against the nightmares that await.

A Second Chance:

You play as Douglas Hayles, an alchemist assassin and servant of the Riegel Empire tasked to infiltrate and kill a human turned Demigod.

But the plot has failed, your daughter is missing, your wife and co-conspirators are now dead and yet for some reason you wake up and find yourself alive once again in the middle of a forest.

Will the bonds of blood supersede age old vows? Will you forge a new path of your own making or will you simply falter and become the puppet of dark forces beyond your control?
What you choose to do from now on is up to you…

Built for Replayability:

The game boasts 4 combat and 3 puzzle difficulties for players to mix and match, each of this 12 play-through variants have been carefully crafted to offer a unique and rewarding experience.

Death is Only the Beginning:

Douglas is gifted with the power of reincarnation, each demise is part of the canon of THE KING IN THE SHADES, therefore you never lose progress upon death, but be warned, careless abuse of this blessing will spell your doom...

A Cinematic Experience:

THE KING IN THE SHADES is designed to immerse you into its world by drawing inspiration from the fixed perspective horror games of the 90s and early 2000s, each camera cut threatening to turn you into the protagonist of your favorite horror flicks.




Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This game may contain content not appropriate for all ages such as scenes of explicit violence and gore, general mature content.

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 (64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-530 @ 2.93GHz / AMD Athlon II X3 425 @ 2.7 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 / AMD Radeon RX 380
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 (64 bit) / Windows 11 (64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-7500 @ 3.4 GHz / AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 1200 @ 3.1 Ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 / AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 20
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-530 @ 2.93GHz / AMD Athlon II X3 425 @ 2.7 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 / AMD Radeon RX 380
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 64-bit processor and operating system
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 20
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-7500 @ 3.4 GHz / AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 1200 @ 3.1 Ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 / AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 64-bit processor and operating system

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