For fans of Theme Hospital, there isn’t much to go on to relive the experience. The old games continue to hold their charm, but support on newer operating systems continues to be a concern. Some clones have dotted the landscape and there’s even an open-source port of the original game called CorsixTH, that uses the original Theme Hospital assets and gives it a big boost to gameplay and hardware support. What if there was a spiritual successor, though? What it if it was made by a team of developers who worked on the original Theme Hospital, as well as cult favourites such as Black and White and the Fable series? That’s what Two Point Hospital is. A faithful recreation of the original’s charm and amusing hijinks, and it’s launching next month! There’s a trailer after the jump if you’re itching to get that bout of cube head solved by the doctors.
Developed by Two Point Studios and published in partnership with SEGA, Two Point Hospital takes the gameplay of the original and continues its zany ways. You get all sorts of patients and diseases at your hospital – one man had his head swapped with a lightbulb, another woke up mummified, and several people seem to have been driven mad by a swarm of flies following them everywhere. There’s also this strange cubism disease going around, and you have to cure it! If you’ve played Theme Hospital before, all this makes sense. For newcomers to the genre, it still has the potential to get much weirder than this.
Two Point Hospital will launch on 30 October 2018, and by pre-ordering the game you can get 10% off the purchase price. The game will be available on Steam and supports Windows PC, macOS, and Linux platforms. The game is also very simple and easy to run, only requiring a quad-core processor, at least 4GB of RAM, and an AMD Radeon HD 6850 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or better graphics card (so Intel integrated graphics really shouldn’t have a problem running it either).
Now if only someone could make a new Evil Genius game…