This Boreal Tenebrae trailer has left me confused and wanting more


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Writing for a video game website, I get dozens of emails a day from developers large and small trying to pimp their games. Too many, in fact, which is why I have a few ground rules that determine whether or not I’ll waste my time reading a pitch or not. My first rule is to skip over any email with a subject line that name-drops other, more prominent properties. There are only so many times I can see some variation of “Inspired by Stranger Things” before I just stop caring. And yet, with that rule firmly in place, I still opened a late-night email for the Boreal Tenebrae trailer. Maybe it was because I had literally just finished watching Eraserhead and the subject line also mentioned Twin Peaks. Whatever pushed me to open it, I’m glad I did because this game looks crazy. Or at least, the trailer does.

From developer Snot Bubbles Productions–gross name, by the way–Boreal Tenebrae is an adventure game set in a dying town. You play as Bree, a young woman searching for her sister Sarah who vanished after beginning a strange ritual to save the town. If that’s not enough, there’s also a murder you’ll need to solve.

Boreal Tenebrae will release later this year on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox X|S. Its first act launched last year on Steam, and I have reached out to the publisher, RedDeer Games, to confirm if the version coming to consoles will be the complete game or just the first act as is currently available on PC.