Dread X Collection: The Hunt – The Devs and the Details
Hello there all you indie horror fanatics! Welcome to the next chapter in the Dread X Collection series. For 2021, we wanted to kick things off with something special. So we paired up with the legendary David Szymanski (DUSK, The Music Machine, Squirrel Stapler) to bring you Dread X Collection: The Hunt. Featuring seven new short horror games, this package showcases the wide weird world of indie shooters. If you wanna skip straight to the Dread X Collection: The Hunt Steam page, click right here!
“Hey woah, why did you go down to seven devs? The last one had twelve!” With this collection, we wanted to go deeper into the games. The devs were given twice the time (10 days to 20) to expand on their ideas and polish up the details. We’re kicking it up from short games to… slightly longer short games. So more robust individual experiences, with the same variety you’ve come to love.
- 7 new short horror shooters from talented and creative indie devs
- A robust arctic base to explore
- A new mystery to uncover as part of the Dread X Collection universe
- 8-12 hours of playtime
The Devs and Games:
The ARK 2 (Nate Bernes): First up is our launcher/wraparound/game. Featuring a new Arctic location, join tracker Artemis as she ventures into ARK 2. Drawn to the lonely research base by a cryptic message, she finds the icy halls bloody and abandoned. But that banging from upstairs suggests she’s far from alone… Join her as she explores the base, reassembles a trans-dimensional weapon, and maybe saves the world. Developed by Nate Barnes (Sagebrush), this is the most robust launcher yet.
Uktena 64 (By KIRA): A hunting simulator with some wild twists. Jebadiah gets a bounty hunting job from the CDC to stop diseased animals from spreading a deadly virus, which is causing them to change in strange ways. Hunt diseased animals, take their pictures, and discover the source of the corruption. And maybe expect some quality KIRA secrets…
Axis Mundi (By Philip Hesselbäck): A brand new shopping mall has been disturbed by a number of hauntings. You, a freelancing ghost photographer with a special camera, are called to investigate and cleanse the location. Travel back to the past to uncover the land’s darkest moments and put the spirits to rest. Shoot ghosts, but with a camera. To kill them. Again. Featuring weighty combat, tense fights, and clever puzzles.
Black Relic (By TorpleDook): A monk returns to the monastery one day to find that it has been sacked and all his brothers have been killed. Worst of all, the holy relic he had devoted his life to protecting has been stolen! After learning from the local villagers that a cult of pagans had been seen fleeing with the relic to the ruins of the old forest, the monk takes up his old crossbow for one last hunt. Our only third-person shooter, this weighty shooter leans heavier into its survival horror roots.
Rose of Meat (Mr. Pink): One day while out fishing, your boat crashes into a mysterious island. An island watching you with its big dead eyes. The islanders are frozen in a mad dance, mumbling the name Rose. You know it’s better to leave, but you’ve always been drawn to strange things. Armed with a revolver and a talking leg of meat, venture forth and embrace the madness. It’s a surreal and strange “setup” shooter, utilize a one-two punch of exploding barrel-babies and a well-placed revolver shot to dispatch foes.
Seraphixial (By Vidas Games, Featuring Aaron Wise (TBF Games) and Abbey Smith (Scruncho)): After a father receives a letter from his estranged daughter, he discovers the commune she joined is not what it seems. Following a set of strange coordinates far offshore, he finds a submarine that leads to another world. He quickly discovers this world contains a manner of strange and aggressive creatures. He must fight to find his daughter and escape… or will this world swallow him whole? A shooter with a strange and unique loadout of disturbing weapons. Pronounced Sera (sarah) – phix (fix) – ial (iel) (as in, ArIEL), in case you were wondering.
The Fruit (By Christopher Yabsley): In 1884, Thomas Whittaker departs to the remote town of Ravenshollow after receiving a peculiar letter from his estranged partner. Bathed in a pale fog and lit by a sinister glow, he quickly finds himself hunted by the deranged locals. He must evade the townsfolk and unlock the secrets of an ancient language if he is to have any hope of finding his beloved. Featuring an interactive reload system, players must battle not only the townsfolk but their own nerves to survive.
The House of Unrest (By Dan McGrath): After an old priest performs a profane ritual of everlasting life, he unwittingly invites the plague demon Asakku into our realm. Searching to right his wrongs and save our reality, he contacts you, a mysterious demon-hunting priest. Armed with a gun and the light of God, you must battle the flesh-given form and banish Asakku back to where he came from. An exploration heavy shooter with claustrophobic dread.
And there you have it, Dread fans! Dread X Collection: The Hunt will be releasing for just $10 April 13th. You can check the game out now on Steam and Wishlist it by clicking here! Expect more information, gameplay trailers, and other features are coming in the next couple of weeks, so be sure to follow us on Twitter @dreadxp_ to stay updated!