Pathologic, the cult Russian horror classic, is getting a new chance at fame with the successful completion of its Kickstarter remake.
Pathologic is a survival horror in the truest sense of the term – taking on the role of one of three doctors tasked with ferreting out the contagion and cause of a rampant disease known only as the Sand Plague in a unnamed quarantined town, players need to complete certain tasks and uncover the secrets of this isolated community in twelve days. The game passes in real-time a la The Last Express, and failure to manage your resources or complete tasks can mean the loss of key threads to the story altogether.
Similarly, your character choice each day will determine what can be seen and achieved. Due in part to obscurity but largely to dated graphics and a terrible translation that butchered the original script – one that’s been compared to Planescape: Torment‘s in some instances — the game remains a critically-acclaimed but rough-cut gem.
The Kickstarter is aiming to fix, balance and augment the systems that were in place in the first, improve the graphics, and address the concerns raised when the original was released to an international audience. Ice-Pick Lodge states that, “The ideas behind the game were novel and interesting, but the implementation turned out to be mediocre, to say the least. Pathologic was our first project as a game development studio, so a lot of things were done impromptu. […] We do have everything we need to make Pathologic work now though.” Having hit their first stretch goal, the town will be extended with new content.
Readers can make there way over to the Kickstarter page for more details; with two hours to go you might just squeeze in. If you’re keen to see what all the fuss is about, you can check out the GOG release of the original game here (be warned that its jankiness isn’t exaggerated.)