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  Dark Devotion Release Timeframe Revealed for Q1 2019, New Developer Diary Delves Deep into Design Inspirations
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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

French Gothic architecture, Delacroix-inspired macabre art and H.P. Lovecraft’s anti-hero are some of the inspirations behind the upcoming Dark Devotion


Wednesday, October 17, 2018 — Publisher The Arcade Crew and developer Hibernian Workshop today offer a behind-the-scenes profile of their side-scrolling action RPG, exploring the inspirations behind its world striving for incessant sacrifice driven by unwavering zealots. Lauded in recent previews for its distinct approach and gameplay mechanics and hailed one of the best indies at PAX East 2018, Dark Devotion is set to kill you off in early 2019.

Fans who would like to wishlist the title can do so on the game’s official Steam page:

Click here to watch the dev diary!

The new video weaves together the artists, locations and inspirations that would ultimately become the rich narrative tapestry for Dark Devotion. Artist Alexandre Magnat, programmer Louis Denizet and writer Arthur Dos Santos describe how they drew from Romantic era artists like Delacroix and 14th century French Gothic architecture from southeastern France to create the overall macabre tone and artistic design of the game. The trio also detail how H.P. Lovecraft’s short stories and concepts around ‘the anti-hero’ helped them fine tune Dark Devotion’s story arch and character development.

Dark Devotion’s shadowy passageways twist through a mystical temple teeming with merciless spirits, but braving these uncharted routes often reveals stashed secrets and is the only way to deepen the all-important faith. Desecration be damned; looting the temple’s supplies and gear is a crucial necessity in surviving this macabre gauntlet of horrors.

Every encounter demands infallible reflexes and intuition, as enemies are cunning enough to leave prey limping away with illness, if they’re able to continue on at all. But only by enduring immense trials and unrivaled suffering can one hope to properly praise the God looming over Dark Devotion’s grim world.

To stay up to date on all things Dark Devotion visit the game’s official site (

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About Hibernian Workshop

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About the Arcade Crew

The Arcade Crew is based in Paris as a separate division of Dotemu. The boutique publisher is dedicated to producing and publishing awesome original games with a retro feel from small creative teams.   The Crew is thrilled to discover and support new talents and create a real community around classic inspired titles. Get in touch with us at and follow us on Twitter @ thearcadecrew.