Agony maker's next game is Paranoid, a psychological survival-horror FPS
The Polish developer faced strong criticism for its treatment of women in Agony
by Nathan Heller
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Madmind Studios announced today its next title, a survival-horror FPS that looks to be every bit as nightmarish as its predecessor, Agony, which released in May 2018.
Instead of spelunking the depths of hell with the subtlety of a jackhammer, Paranoid takes a psychological horror angle with themes of grief, seclusion, and drug abuse.
These topics require a more nuanced touch that Madmind frankly did not display with Agony, which Waypoint’s Patrick Klepek described as “a mixture of what you might find in a horny teenager’s sketchbook crossed with an angry YouTuber screaming about how feminists have come to destroy their video games.”
Paranoid follows the story of Patrick Calman, a 31-year old man who lost his family under mysterious circumstances. The sense of ambiguous loss that descends upon Calman drives him into seclusion for many years, until he receives a call from his missing sister - long presumed dead.
To learn the truth, he must venture out into the world and contend with paranoia, drug abuse, and a blurred line between paranoia and reality. Let’s hope the line between disgusting and degrading isn’t so blurry this time around.