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Find God in this The Church in the Darkness dev interview

Richard Rouse, one of the devs behind The Church in the Darkness, chats with us about what players can expect and finding inspiration in Castle Wolfenstein.


While at GDC 2019, we caught up with Richard Rouse, one of the game designers behind the upcoming cult-infiltration game The Church in the Darkness. For your viewing pleasure, we've got a full video interview where Rouse speaks on the what players can expect, the mystery that will be unraveled, being inspired by the original Castle Wolfenstein.

In The Church in the Darkness, players are thrust into the 1970s for an experience that changes with each playthrough. Players are tasked with infiltrating an extremist religious sect called the Collective Justice Mission in South America. Your initial goal into to seek out a relative that has gotten mixed in with the bunch, but start to learn that there's more going on. After finishing the GDC 2019 interview above, check out this snapshot of the gameplay, taken from the official The Church in the Darkness Steam page:

  • Combines unique narrative with tight top-down action-infiltration gameplay in an open-ended environment.
  • Play how you want - you can avoid detection completely, take on the guards using non-lethal methods, or kill anyone who gets in your way.
  • Fully voiced game, starring Ellen McLain (best known as GLaDOS in Portal) and John Patrick Lowrie (the Sniper from Team Fortress 2) as the intense Rebecca and Isaac Walker.
  • Soak up the story through the town PA system, where the preachers share their dogma and beliefs.
  • Find more than 100 documents and letters scattered around camp which clue you into the true nature of Freedom Town in this particular game.
  • Every playthrough offers changing gameplay scenarios and story elements, with different character personalities and a shifting narrative told through investigation and action.
  • Live with the consequences of your choices through many possible endings.
The Church in the Darkness gameplay screenshot GDC 2019 Richard Rouse developer interview

Who are your allies in this strange place? Who are your enemies? Find out these things and more when The Church in the Darkness launches later in 2019 on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. For more interesting interviews like this, head over to the Shacknews and GamerhubTV YouTube channels. There you'll find demos, event coverage, walkthroughs, gameplay, and a whole lot more if visual content. There's a lot more still coming from GDC 2019, so subscribe to both and you'll be notified when new content goes live.

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