Saturnalia is a single-player survival-horror adventure game set in the Italian region of Sardinia in the year 1989. In the game, you take control of four distinct co-protagonists and utilize their unique abilities in order to avoid a terrible creature, expose the secrets haunting the town, and ultimately escape the village of Gravoi.
One-Of-A-Kind Setting: Meticulously designed and based on real-life location scouting throughout the island of Sardinia, Gravoi’s handcrafted areas are procedurally recombined for each new game, ensuring that no two players will share the same village layout.
Immersive Visuals: The art of Saturnalia borrows from rotoscope animation, traditional etching, expressionist art, and theater scenography to craft a world cloaked in color and shadow, producing an eerily beautiful atmosphere that is as enthralling as it is chilling.
Monster Maze: In the absence of markers or compasses, players must instead rely on signs and local landmarks to orient themselves within Gravoi—all while a terrible creature stalks the cobblestone streets, waiting for its chance to strike.
Band of Misfits: Saturnalia offers four unique playable characters, some of whom are available at the story’s outset while others must be unlocked. Each has his or her own special abilities that are integral to completing the game’s many puzzles, and players will be able to team up and switch between characters to cover more ground, survive attacks, and reveal new locations.
Dynamic & Adaptive Narrative: The non-linear plot of Saturnalia allows for unique pathways of progression, letting the player dictate the order in which they’d like to tackle challenges and solve mysteries. Gravoi is a living and breathing world where any event can happen to any character at any time, with each event, puzzle, and character interaction dynamically integrated into the story.
The publisher was kind enough to provide us with a physical press kit that includes a blu-ray case of the game with a reversible cover, a hard-cover 100-page art book with all the concept art and sketches from the game, a limited edition vinyl original soundtrack, and a handcrafted, ethically-sourced leather mask based on the creature’s design in Saturnalia.
The game is $19.99/19.99€ on all platforms and is available with a -10% launch sale for the first week on console, and as part of the free promo week on Epic Games Store. In addition to this discount, the game’s soundtrack and artbook are available as a single $9.99/9.99€ add-on on EGS and Bandcamp.
You can check out the new launch trailer for the game below.