To some, it feels like an eternity since Ebb Software first announced its biopunk survival horror game contempt. Inspired by the work of HR Giger and surrealist Zdzisław Beksiński, the game and its first trailer were unveiled almost eight years ago in 2014. After a failed Kickstarter campaign, Ebb Software largely fell silent, though fans of the unique first-person title were outraged again when a new teaser trailer for Scorn was released in 2016.
Not much is known about the game so far, except that it has an incredibly evocative art style and contains disturbing organic structures in an alien environment. Players take on the role of a humanoid creature that seems capable of attaching a variety of biomechanical weapons to its body, allowing it to fight the eerie enemies that populate the world. The weapons in Scorn seem fairly standard despite their distinctive appearance, and trailers have so far revealed a shotgun, pistol, and some sort of grenade launcher.
Now, a leaker on Twitter called Rebs Gaming has shared images of an early prototype version of the player’s character, giving eager fans a first-hand look at the creature they’ll be embodying. As one person commented on the tweet, the creature looks “good but disgusting at the same time.” It’s certainly an interesting concept, with dark eye sockets instead of eyeballs and long slits under the nose instead of a mouth. It’s also important to keep in mind that this may not be what the final character model looks like, and a lot could have changed by the time Scorn launches around Halloween this year.
In the prototype images, the player character appears to be wearing no clothes, much like the other life forms seen in the game’s trailers. But the creature appears to be a combination of technology and flesh, with what almost looks like an exoskeleton and visible musculature. There is also what appears to be a large opening in the chest and a smaller hole underneath where the navy would be on a human. In a scene that sums up Scorn’s particularly intriguing body horror, a previously released game trailer shows that this second opening is possible where players can attach an umbilical cord device.
While Scorn was originally slated to release sometime in 2021 and was later delayed, the official October 21, 2022 release date was finally announced during the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase in June. The game will be available through Xbox Game Pass on Xbox Series X/S and PC, and Ebb Software stated in 2020 that this will be a timed exclusivity. It’s unclear when it will come to other platforms, though the Kickstarter page has indicated that Scorn will eventually be available on Steam and GOG, with no PS5 notification.
contempt will be released on October 21, 2022 on PC and Xbox Series X/S.