Absinth, a thrilling psychological first-person horror experience by the indie developers of blackHound Studios. Set in California, USA, blurring the line between game and reality. Confront the events which completely changed Zane’s life.
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Release Date:
Nov 21, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“As a two-man indie developer studio without publisher we knew that it will be much harder to finalize our game Absinth and optimize the experience for the gamers without the help of the community. As an Early Access title Absinth can now be also directed by the community through your feedback and suggestions to improve it in regard of further story content, bugs, controls and level design together with gamers for gamers.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“If nothing dramatical blocks the further development our plan is to stay in Early Access until Q4/19. In Q2/19 we planned to publish the first content update which will include Act III of the game. Later on Act IV will be released in Q4/19 as the final part of the full game.”

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

“The game will leave its Early Access status as soon as the final fourth act will be released so that all the content of the main storyline will be completed then. Furthermore we want an ideal experience for all gamers of psychological horror. Therefore we plan to advance the game together with the community in regard of further story content, bugs, controls and level design.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“In the current state of the game you will be able to play the first and second Act of the main storyline. The full game will contain four Acts in total. The last two acts will become available during the second and the fourth quarter of 2019.”

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

“We plan to raise the price when Absinth is leaving the Early Access status and will be the full version.”

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

“We are constantly building up an inner circle of gamers and streamers. Therefore we would like to use the Steam Community Forums and additional platforms such as Twitch, Reddit and Discord to get as much opinions as possible to create the best possible experience for psychological horror fans.”
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November 19

Absinth is coming to Steam this November 21st 2018!

Absinth is launching on Steam, November 21st at 6PM EST / 11PM GMT +0 for PC

We would like to thank every ambassador who has helped us through our journey in the Pre-Alpha (PA) from 2017 until now, the Early Access (EA) release! We are very excited to be launching Absinth on Steam!

You can now add it to your steam wish list on the Absinth Steam page.

Eyüp and Alex are the founders and (the only) two developers of blackHound Studios. Currently we are a team of 5. We really look forward working with the community and hearing what you think to help make Absinth a great game for you throughout this Early Access, and make sure you love it as much as we do.

As gamers ourselves, we know it can become rather disappointing when good games never find their way out of EA, so we decided from the very beginning not to follow this scheme. We want to show you that we are fully committed and passionate about Absinth. So please check out our current roadmap for Absinth!

Check out the official Absinth trailer:


Thank you all,

Your blackHound Studios team
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About This Game

Absinth is a psychological horror-thriller by indie developer blackHound Studios. Explore the chilling world of Zane Zaminsky and discover the unsettling events of his past.

It is a weekend in late July 2018 when Zane visits the US California Redwoods only to disappear without a trace shortly after arrival. Two days later, the local Police Department locates Zane on the main road near the Redwoods after receiving an anonymous tip. Chief Inspector Carter opens the investigation a few hours later, only to discover that not only does Zane have no recollection of the past two days, but the fact that he has a daughter has been completely wiped from his memory. As the investigation unfolds, more and more clues surface to suggest Zane’s past hides more than the just the answer to his amnesia.

Experience what happened to Zane and how his life changed overnight. Hide yourself from the unknown and try to distinguish between reality and illusion. Solve dimension-unravelling riddles to reach your targets and uncover the intrigue which brought Zane’s life to ruin. Decipher secret documents to expose the truth and win against your own mind to survive. Use the innovative AR glass to analyze your environment and constantly find new ways to avoid the encounter with the devious AI.

Absinth takes you to a world of fear, darkness and loss, but also hope. The duplicitous presentation of scenes combined with the classic dark atmosphere will have your emotions twisted and in a constant state of heightened adrenaline. Experience unique storytelling and the innovative machinations of Absinth from a real indie developer studio in a way you’ve never played before.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

In this game you will be confronted with sudden overcomings of your character by other humans or even other creatures and he may die. It also contains blood and bodies of other humans.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10, 64-bits
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3450 or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050Ti / AMD Radeon RX 560
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Targetting 720p @ 30 fps
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10, 64-bits
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-6400 or higher
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070 Max-Q / AMD Radeon R9 Fury
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Targetting 1080p @ 30 fps

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