Conarium screenshot featuring some strange cultists

Zoetrope Interactive, the folks behind the Darkness Within series, have announced that they are working on a brand new horror-adventure by the name of Conarium. If you're like me and you're now stuck wondering what that word even means, its apparently used to describe a pine-cone shaped gland that produces Melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep.

While I'm not sure if little description is relevant to the game itself, I can tell you that Conarium will follow the story of Frank Gilman, an antropologist from the Miskatonic University who attempted to pass beyond the limits of human consciences by using a device called, you guessed it, the Conarium. The details on what exactly happened when the device was activated are left up to the players to discover, but there are some heavy hints pointing towards the fact that you may have been killed and then returned... subtly changed.

Here's the official list of features and a couple of images to hopefully give you an idea of what to expect from Conarium once it finally releases in Q1 2017:

Explore the antarctic base, as well as dreams and visions. Study clues, unlock secrets, experience alternate realities, but avoid macabre beings present there at all cost.

A deep and suspenseful Lovecraftian story with lots of secrets and Easter eggs.

Ominous but wonderful graphics created with the Unreal 4 engine.

Death is used as a feature. When the player dies, they will be teleported to a different location where unlocking more clues and secrets related to the game’s story could be possible.

Two difficulty levels, with only maximum difficulty unlocking all content present in the game.  At the easiest level the player can’t die, but will miss out on certain locations.

A haunting soundtrack.

Conarium strange lights screenshot

Conarium screenshot featuring strange statues

Conarium screenshot showcasing some bizarre enviroments