DreadXP Announces “XP Ultra” Publishing Initiative with First Game FLATHEAD

FLATHEADSolo developer, oxblud, and horror publisher DreadXP are thrilled to announce that FLATHEAD will launch on Steam on May 30th. FLATHEAD is a short, but replayable experience where players’ whole existence hangs in the balance of a simple choice of over or under. Win and gain your freedom. Lose and, well, just aim to win.

Serving as the first title of DreadXP’s new XP Ultra program, FLATHEAD is a concise glimpse into the world of silkbulb test, another upcoming horror game from oxblud. Throughout the single-sitting sessions of FLATHEAD, players will use various tools, tricks, and ultimately their luck to win enough points to buy their freedom, all while a sense of impending doom perpetually looms in the darkness.



  • Quick sessions with lots of replayability

  • Strategically use the tools at your disposal to slow the approaching terror

  • Earn and bank points to gain your freedom

  • High risk, high reward. Let it ride and gain multipliers to increase your winnings

  • Try your luck with the wheel of fate

  • Make your own luck to increase your odds and your doom

  • Unsettling atmosphere with growing tension

  • Gritty analog horror aesthetic

This bite-sized horror adventure showcases the type of titles the DreadXP team is looking to work with for the XP Ultra program. Created to carry on the spirit of the Dread X Collections, XP Ultra aims to elevate smaller, shorter projects with publishing support not always available to games and developers at a smaller scale.


Regarding FLATHEAD and the XP Ultra program, Hunter Bond, Co-Director at DreadXP, said:

The team at DreadXP is excited by the opportunity to publish even more experimental titles at smaller scales, as it gives us a chance to create a wider, weirder, more diverse catalog of games for indie horror fans. FLATHEAD is just the beginning.

XP Ultra publishing support includes the same quality of marketing, PR, QA, production support, etc. available to other DreadXP titles, but is scaled appropriately to the size of the project.

FLATHEAD launches on Steam on May 30th, 2024 for $1.99 USD / €1.99 EUR.

Be sure to check out the game’s release date trailer below.

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