Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones demo is now available on Steam

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by Alphons, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. Alphons

    Alphons National Beholder

    Aug 9, 2017
    Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones demo is available to public now!

    Demo features few areas from New Arkham and it's play time is around 2 hours. All 8 archetypes are available to play. From what I played there are some really great dialogues (salesman playing darts and Jewish antique store owner especially).

    I'll add more thoughts when I play more (played as Academic


    In Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones, the player journeys from a doomed Arkham into the depths of the Abyss. Create your own character based on 1920's archetypes and carve a path through a broken and mysterious world.

    Your desperate battle against forces beyond comprehension will haunt you until the end. Physical combat will be challenging, spellcasting will have dire consequences, and your sanity will be strained to the breaking point by unknown abominations. Sometimes the best solution will be to flee what lurks beyond the threshold.


    • A hand drawn 2D world reflecting Lovecraft's themes of cosmic horror and dread.
    • Enemies, environments and storylines inspired by Lovecraft’s iconic original works. Take part in quests inspired by your favorite stories and see them play out according to your own decisions and role-playing style.
    • Choose from 8 main character Archetypes, each with its own origin backstory and specialties.
    • A host of weird companions will accompany you on your ill-starred journey: the lonely, antediluvian 'Outsider', a fallen soldier of the Great War reanimated by Herbert West, a psychic (and narcissistic) cat from Ulthar. Recruit these and other outlandish beings to your crew.
    • Your character's Sanity and mental state will influence dialogue options. Mental illness comes with advantages as well as hindrances. Sometimes it pays to be mad in a world gone mad!
    • Stygian's Belief System determines how your characters cope with the warped reality of the new Arkham, as well as the rate at which they regenerate lost Sanity. Belief Systems also offer unique dialogue options, expanding the breadth of role-playing possibilities.
    • A new kind of spell system which sometimes takes more than it gives. Being a master of the occult is not as simple as flinging colored missiles from your fingertips. The black magic of Stygian is potent but may cost you your mind, your health, and possibly even much more.
    • Strategic, turn-based combat from a 2D perspective, similar to the classic Heroes of Might and Magic games.
    • The struggle in Stygian is not to save the world, for that battle is lost already. Pursue your own goals in these end times: salvation, vendetta, or perhaps something darker.


    Completed demo twice- played as young academic Wilmarth and old con artist Barton Thorn.
    I liked how your age gives you various advantages and disadvantages when you build your character, but also changes some dialogues.
    Loading tip mentions using disguises during fights with Mob to conceal your identity, but it's absent from demo.
    Your companions divide between henchmen who are additional fighters that help your for cigs and fully fleshed followers. Demo has Eduardo and Outsider. Aristocrat also starts with servant and explorer with a dog.
    Great soundtrack and graphics, but some combat animations look worse than others.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2018
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  2. Jogre

    Jogre It's all JO'Ger now

    Oct 25, 2015
    It's a relief to hear back from Stygian. I've been hyped for it ever since it's first announced, and was worried that the lack of updates meant they had gone under.

    I strongly predict this is going to be one of if not the best game of 2018.
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  3. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010
    I won't even get the demo. Everything I've heard about this game so far is simply so good that I will buy it as soon as I can.
  4. joevonzombie

    joevonzombie Buried alive in Golgotha

    Sep 28, 2015
    Downloading now :D