Cultic Games
Based in Istanbul, TURKEY

Release Date:
26 Sept, 2019


Press / Business contact:
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"Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones" is a supernatural horror roleplaying video game which takes place in the strange worlds of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Stygian will draw the player into a bleak journey from a ruined Arkham to the very depths of the Abyss. The gameplay experience promises a mix of rich role-playing and turn based tactical combat in an authentic illustrative 2D graphical style.

In Stygian, you'll be able to create your character from scratch with a robust selection of archetypal backgrounds with different origin stories, attributes, skills, traits and lastly belief systems which determine how your character replenishes lost sanity, also presenting unique dialog choices.

The narrative of the game is strongly connected to the works of H. P. Lovecraft. In your quest, you'll use the haunted violin of Erich Zann to lure a fiendish deity and convince the poor wretched protagonist of "The Outsider" to join your party among many others.

The heavy burden of fighting a desperate battle with forces beyond recognition will haunt you to the end of the game. Physical combat will be scarce and difficult, spellcasting will have deep and dangerous consequences, sanity loss will leave its marks on characters as mental illnesses and sometimes the best solution will be running away from the terrors that lurk in the night.

Stygian embraces the original themes of pulp and weird fiction, incorporating them into the computer roleplaying genre, promising a fresh (or putrid from another perspective) breath of air for roleplaying fans.


Your former life was in bliss of ignorance until you've awakened to the darkness waiting to devour our very existence on the doorstep of our fragile dimension. Something terrible left its eons old slumber and the reality as we know it, collapsed. The town of Arkham was pulled to somewhere not from this world and its residents are in the shadow of absolute terror. As a survivor of the catastrophe you should investigate the strange occurrences in the city and survive the rising darkness physically and mentally, if possible...

Feature List

• A hand drawn 2D world which reflects the mood of Lovecraft and cosmic horror.
• Quests and storylines which capture the iconic themes of Lovecraft. Take part in your favorite horror stories and shape their outcome according to your role-playing style.
• Weirdest of companions will accompany you in your accursed journey. Lonely antediluvian of 'The Outsider', a dead WW1 soldier reanimated in the hands of Herbert West, a psychic narcissistic cat from Ulthar and many more will be among your eccentric cast of companions.
• Sanity and the mental state of the character will have influence on the dialog options. Mental conditions create benefits as well as hindrances. Sometimes being mad in a mad world helps!
• Belief Systems determine how your characters handle the challenging reality around them and help regenerate lost sanity. Belief Systems also offer unique dialogue options thus extending the roleplaying possibilities that players can explore. A rational character gains sanity after completing a research on a mythos creature while a divine believer gains sanity after converting a lost soul to the path of God.
• A unique spell system which sometimes takes more than what it gives. The black magic of Stygian is very potent but will cost you your mind, health and sometimes your very soul. Being a master of the true occult is not like flinging colorful missiles from your finger tips.
• Turn based strategic combat in beautiful 2D Heroes of Might and Magic-like perspective.
• 8 different archetypes with completely unique prologue stories and specialities to breathe life into the Lovecraftian archetypes.
• The struggle is not for saving the world, that battle is lost already. Follow your personal goals for salvation or vendetta in a doomed world.


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Stygian Lore Trailer YouTube


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Selected Articles

  • "Salvation or Vendetta the Choice is Yours in Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones"
    - Evan Spadaccini, Indie Game Mag
  • "Cultic Games Talks Lovecraft Themed RPG Stygian"
    - Serena Nelson, Cliqist
  • "Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones Introduces Convention Breaking Characters in the CRPG Genre"
    - Phil Fry, Game Skinny
  • "Can Oral interviewed by David McWilliam about 'Stygian'"
    - David McWilliam, Twisted Tales

Such work of art plotted on a beautiful theme. Can't wait to give it a try! I really liked the combat system as a HoMM3 fan
Abradolf Lincler, Steam User

I am "physically and mentally" ready for this game! Great concept. Hope you'll be lit soon!
OverdrivePedal, Steam User

The game I have been waiting for without even knowing for decades.
Risewild, Steam User

This is AMAZING! I have no other words.
Michele Botticelli, Kickstarter Backer

Wow. Amazing! The artwork is great and death lurks at every corner. What else could I ask for?
Borja LS, Kickstarter Backer

Team & Repeating Collaborator

Can Oral
Creative Director, Art Director, Producer

Devrim Demirkan
Lead Engineer

Yavuz Sürmeli
Designer, Database Operator, Administrative Services

Can Cellek
Technical Artist, Programmer

Barış Silay
Writer, Designer

Muhammed Emin Şahin
Character Designer

Elwira Pawlikowska
Environment Artist

Mehmet Reha Tuğcu
UI Designer, Graphic Designer

Ege Bilgen
Portrait Artist, Illustrator

Cüneyt Tekin
Animation Artist, Executive Producer

Edanur Kuntman
Animation Artist

Alper Balkış
Lead Animation Artist

Abdullah Sarışen
Environment Artist, Cel Animation Artist, Item Artist

Canmert Bozkurt
Systems Programmer

Ekin Küçük
Combat Systems Programmer

Emre Can İnce

Sercan Muhlacı

Sinan Erez
Audio Systems Programmer, Programmer

Scott Hamm
Writer, Proof-reader

Aslı Kobaner

Erhan Kabakçı
Sound Fx Designer

Metin Bozkurt
Sound Engineer, Audio Quality Assurance

Su Alan

Jono Oldham
Voice Artist

Eren Arık
Digital Illustrations

Francois Launet
Stygian Logo Design

Abdullah Sarışen
Spell Animations

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