Chorus Is The Dark Sci-Fi Occult Horror Space Shooter You Didn’t Know You Needed

I missed Chorus yesterday when going over all the emails/trailers coming out of Xbox 20/20. I tend not to pay attention to space shooters that aren’t named Everspace 2. It’s not that I don’t like the genre. It’s just that there tends not to be a ton of innovation. Most space shooters are cut from the same cloth of bright lasers and bullshit homing missiles. The only variation seems to be how seriously they take their “realism.” So imagine my shock when I popped open the trailer for Chorus and saw red wormholes devouring planets, evil sci-fi geometry caverns, gnarly face tattoos, and a ship that speaks in demonic whispers. It’s like Hellblade had a baby with Control while playing a shit load of Freelancer.

Need more evidence that this is more than your average wannabe Star Wars? Check out these choice bits from the Official Press Release:

In Chorus, players will take control of dual protagonists: ex-cultist Nara, an ace pilot with a haunted past, and Forsaken – a sentient AI starfighter and Nara’s closest ally – which has a mysterious backstory of his own to unravel. This story-driven single player experience invites gamers to unlock devastating weapons and mind-bending abilities as they fight to free the galaxy from the Circle, the oppressive cult that will stop at nothing to ensure complete subjugation. 

Take control of Nara, once the Circle’s deadliest warrior, now their most wanted fugitive, on a quest to destroy the dark cult that created her. Unlock devastating weapons and mind-bending abilities in a true evolution of the space-combat shooter. Along with Forsaken, her sentient starfighter, explore ancient temples, engage in exhilarating zero-g combat, and venture beyond our waking reality.

A journey of redemption – Lead Nara, an ace pilot facing her haunted past, and Forsaken, her sentient ship. Their quest for redemption will take them across the galaxy and beyond the boundaries of reality, as they fight to unite resistance forces against the Circle and their leader, the Great Prophet, at all costs.

Venture beyond the void – Enter a dark new universe, teeming with mystery and rife with conflict. Explore epic locations such as sprawling space stations and strange planes of existence beyond our own. Engage in exhilarating zero-g dogfights from epic cosmic vistas to tight crystalline corridors. Chorus balances the scale and spectacle of space exploration with frenetic, fast-paced action.

One pilot, one ship, one living weapon – Attain powerful and distinct weapons and combat upgrades. Master your ship’s unique drift mechanic and deadly mind-bending abilities, including extra-sensory perception, teleportation and telekinesis, to overcome massive hordes of enemies and take down titanic battleships. Chain your powers together to become the ultimate living weapon.

I had no idea I needed a dark sci-fi occult horror space shooter. But I do. Unfortunately, it’s still a ways off. Developer Deep Silver FISHLABS are putting the release date sometime in 2021. But it will be coming to Xbox Seriex X, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Stadia, and PC. If you want to learn more, you can check out the website here.

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