If it sounds like I spun a wheel and filled in a Mad Libs in order to write that headline, I’d concur with that sentiment. Nevertheless, Morbid: The Seven Acolytes from developer Still Running and publisher Merge Games is a horror punk action RPG with an isometric-ish perspective and purported Souls-like gameplay. The debut trailer and its consciously dreary art style give you a glimpse of what to expect, though I can’t help but notice that it’s utterly devoid of Misfits, Balzac, or Calabrese.
Morbid: The Seven Acolytes will offer over 25 unique weapons and a variety of way to augment and distinctly build out your character, such as “Perks, Runes, Upgrades, and Looting.” In addition to health and stamina stats, there will also be a sanity mechanic to manage. You can expect a variety of boss fights as well. Meanwhile, a fully orchestrated soundtrack of 18 tracks will play under the action (probably still not as cool as licensing Calabrese songs though).
The narrative is about being the “last surviving Striver of Dibrom,” and you’ve been trained all your life to fight the Seven Acolytes, “accursed and powerful beings, possessed by malevolent deities called Gahars.” It sounds pretty by the numbers on its surface, but Still Running is promising deep lore via its NPCs.
Incidentally, Balzac is my all-time favorite band (despite my years-long obsession with K-pop), and I’m a lover of punk like Face to Face and Bad Religion in general. So, per tradition, I’m going to end this article by spamming you with a Balzac video. Regardless, be sure to tell us what you think of Morbid: The Seven Acolytes, which Merge Games will publish on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam this year.