Helmed by the lead English translator of the hugely popular RPG OFF, An Outcry, a branching-path horror RPG staring The Unnamed, a non-binary shut-in living in Vienna, is now available on Steam and Itch.io.
After hearing a strange noise, The Unnamed discovers demonic have taken over the entire country of Austria. With the help of their fellow apartment dwellers, Unnamed must deal with both their inner and outer demons.
While Outcry is an RPGMaker game, it is more focused on dialogue than actually fighting. So it’s extra important that the character interactions are good—and they are. The way people treated Unnamed, especially their gender identity as non-binary, hits close to home. (I myself am non-binary.)
Incorrect pronouns and [DEADNAME]* are highlighted in red, and you can see Unnamed wince as they decide, “Should I correct them? Or just deal with this?” It’s not often a game that parallels my life so directly and it actually got me a bit emotional at some points. You never know how someone will react when you present your true self. At one point a neighbor spits at Unnamed. I’ve had drinks thrown at me.
A major highlight of the game is detailed frames during pivotal moments, and there are over 100 of these throughout the story. Beautifully rendered in the muted color palette of Outcry, they give you a moment to pause and take everything in during a cutscene.
Several “free” save points exist, but otherwise, they’re based on how many cigarettes you have, so choose the time and place wisely. With five endings to acquire, you’ll want to fill multiple slots. A full playthrough will last you about four hours and it is worth every minute. I hate to be that guy who’s always saying “I don’t want to spoil it, just play,” but I really mean it. Some things are better experienced firsthand.
An incredible trailer made by Sauna 2000 and Haunted PS1 regular, Amos Sorri was released for the game’s launch.
A Steam key was provided for review purposes.
*A Deadname refers to an individual’s birth name, that they no longer go by. Thus, it is “dead.” Calling a trans person by their dead name invalidates their identity.