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Investigative RPG HellSign is coming to Steam early access

I love a bit of cryptozoology. I’d be more than happy to go for a swim to find Nessie or traipse around North America on the hunt for Bigfoot. There’s more than a hint of that in ‘investigative’ action-RPG HellSign, but instead of doing this all in the name of science (or pseudo-science), you’re trying to find ways to murder these monsters. It’s OK, though; they want to murder you too. 

HellSign sees you exploring a monster-infested town, hunting and researching beasties like demonic hounds, giant spiders and spectral horrors in an attempt to find the monster that killed your family. Throw some moaning brothers and a Chevy Impala into the mix and you’d have an episode of Supernatural.

What separates HellSign from other action-RPGs is the aforementioned investigative element. Instead of kicking in doors and blowing away dozens of demons and ghosts with your shotgun, it appears to be considerably more methodical. You’ve got to hunt down the monsters, following clues and tracks and reading books. Research and experience will teach you the best tricks to putting them in the ground.

You can see how that all plays out in a gameplay trailer from earlier in the year, below.

That ghost smashed right through a wall. Rude! The environmental destruction is a nice touch, and hopefully won’t be restricted just to monsters. After all, if a ghost can break down a wall, surely a grenade can? Also worth noting is the interplay between research and your inventory. By selecting the spook, its weaknesses are displayed in your book, accompanied by icons that also appear in your inventory. As you prepare, choosing the right weapons and ammo, they disappear one by one, confirming that you’re ready for the fight. 

It looks quite promising, but a bit unnerving if you, like me, have arachnophobia. 

HellSign is due out on Steam early access on November 7.

Fraser Brown

Fraser is the UK online editor and has actually met The Internet in person. With over a decade of experience, he's been around the block a few times, serving as a freelancer, news editor and prolific reviewer. Strategy games have been a 30-year-long obsession, from tiny RTSs to sprawling political sims, and he never turns down the chance to rave about Total War or Crusader Kings. He's also been known to set up shop in the latest MMO and likes to wind down with an endlessly deep, systemic RPG. These days, when he's not editing, he can usually be found writing features that are 1,000 words too long. He thinks labradoodles are the best dogs but doesn't get to write about them much.