Scorn: Release date, story, gameplay and more


Despite introducing us to a distorted world of flesh and machinery back in 2014, Microsoft’s exclusive first-person horror adventure game Scorn has yet to release — but we may not have to wait much longer.  

Developed and published by Serbian game development studio Ebb Software, Scorn aims to throw gamers into a nightmarish world brimming with disturbing, yet fascinating creatures and locations from the minds of Polish painter Zdzisław Beksiński and Swiss artist H.R. Giger — the man behind Ridley Scott’s Alien. That’s a big indication of how creepy this game will be. 

Ebb Software may have gone through a number of development issues, as shown in a recent “hostile” post over on Kickstarter that even called out Cyberpunk 2077 and developers CD Projekt Red. The Scorn developers have since apologized for the post in a number of recent updates, and while we won’t get our hands on the game this year, Scorn’s development stage is seemingly coming to an end.

Here’s everything we know so far about Scorn, from the release date to its PC requirements. 

Scorn release date

Despite being officially announced back in 2014 with pre-alpha footage included, the game has yet to launch due to delays and funding. Scorn was initially meant to release in autumn 2021, but has now been pushed back to an undefined date in 2022. This news comes from Kepler Interactive, with Ebb Software being one of the founding members of the company. 

(Image credit: Ebb Software )

With the game previously being set to release in autumn 2021, we could see Scorn launch in spring 2022 instead. However, depending on how more work needs to be done, we may be looking at an autumn 2022 release window. Stay tuned for the latest updates.

Scorn price and availability

With Scorn being available on Xbox Game Pass from day one, those with a membership will be able to play it on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC for as little as $9.99/£7.99. Xbox has been releasing highly anticipated games such as Halo Infinite and Back 4 Blood on its subscription service without any extra cost, and Scorn is fortunately getting the same treatment. 

(Image credit: Ebb Software )

We have yet to see an official price, but Scorn is likely to be a $60 title. Ebb Software partnered up with Microsoft to release the creepy horror adventure exclusively on Xbox platforms, which means Scorn won’t be coming to PS5 or Nintendo anytime soon; if at all.

In their Kickstarter campaign, the developers stated: “Before deciding to partner with Microsoft we made sure that they will not have any influence over the game’s concept and development process. They were more than cooperative in that regard. The only thing they were interested in was exclusivity rights. Once all that was agreed upon it was a no-brainer decision when you look at all the benefits Scorn will get from this partnership, from additional resources to much bigger exposure (marketing).” 

Scorn story

Aside from the living, breathing world our nameless main character is thrown into, not much is known about the main storyline of Scorn. What we do know is that our character is lost in a dream-like world, and must traverse different interconnected (and creepy) regions in a non-linear fashion.

(Image credit: Ebb Software )

From what we can tell, Scorn may be more lore-driven with gamers sole goal being to try to escape from the nightmare. For now, this is just speculation, but the developers have stated that each location players visit in the “open-ended” world will have its own theme and story, with puzzles and characters that play a big role in the world. We also know Scorn’s regions will be set up like a maze with different rooms and paths to discover.

This is what Ebb Software had to say about how the story will play out: “All the storytelling happens in-game, with no cut-scenes to distract you from the grisly reality of the living, breathing world you’re in. But keep your eyes open — the game won’t show you any sympathy if you miss something important on your uneasy travels. Everything has a reason and purpose — you just need to work out what it is.”

(Image credit: Ebb Software)

This is similar to how games like Dark Souls tell stories, leaving gamers to pick up pieces of the story as they play through the game. Still, since Scorn has been delayed, this structure may change when it comes out in 2022. 

Scorn gameplay



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