Decarnation, the haunting narrative adventure game from developer Atelier QDB and publisher Shiro Unlimited, will feature 10 new original tracks from renowned Japanese composer Akira Yamaoka. This story-rich 2D adventure is set to be released on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 for Switch.
Yamaoka is best known for his work on the Silent Hill series and has composed music for many other games including The Medium and Lollipop Chainsaw. Yamaoka’s music is famed for its haunting melodies and chilling atmosphere, making him the perfect choice to score the unsettling world of Decarnation.
“The Silent Hill aesthetic and mood have played a crucial role in shaping my creative work on Decarnation.” says Quentin De Beukelaer, Decarnation’s creative director. “Therefore, having the opportunity to receive assistance from the talented and generous master Yamaoka-san is a tremendous honour.
Decarnation incorporates elements of Japanese culture, which makes Yamaoka-san’s involvement all the more rewarding. His musical compositions are a blend of instrumental, mechanical, and organic sounds that are truly impressive. Alongside our primary composer, Corentin Brasart, we never tire of listening to Yamaoka-san’s creations. Even after nearly 25 years since the first Silent Hill game, Yamaoka-san continues to reign supreme as a creative mastermind.”
Inspired by iconic 2D adventure-horror games, cult movies from David Lynch, and mangas from Junji Ito, Decarnation is a story-driven horror game featuring a mix of more than fifteen different types of gameplay, each adapted to the main character’s situation and state of mind. The developers promise to deliver a spine-chilling atmosphere with its immersive story and haunting pixel art visuals. Yamaoka’s music will add an extra layer of tension and fear, making it an even more intense and memorable experience.
“I am delighted to have been able to take part in Decarnation’s development, which draws its inspiration from works that are extremely dear to me, such as “Moju: The Blind Beast” by Edogawa Rampo.” said Akira Yamaoka. “It is one of my favourite novels and has inspired many of my personal creations. In many ways, Decarnation reminds me of this work, and I have developed a special connection with this game. I sincerely hope that players will enjoy it as much as I do!”
Decarnation will release for Switch on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 for $14.99/€14.99/£13.49 and the collaboration with Akira Yamaoka is sure to generate even more anticipation for the game’s release. Fans of horror games and Yamaoka’s music alike can look forward to experiencing the unique blend of terror and beauty that this collaboration promises to deliver.
Decarnation will be available with English, French, German, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese language support.