Gnosia has already built a cult audience on platforms like the Nintendo Switch and even PS Vita, but now PS5 and PS4 players will be able to experience the social deduction RPG, when it arrives on 14th December. Physical editions have been announced for Japan, but there’s currently no word on whether those will be available overseas.
“The story takes place on a spaceship,” the official blurb explains. “Among the crew are several mysterious life forms known as Gnosia. Apparently bent on the complete eradication of humankind, the Gnosia – having ‘brainwashed’ their host infectees – quietly eliminate one crew member each night.”
The summary continues: “The player can select whether to play the game as a human or Gnosia. When playing on the human side, you must find all of the Gnosia and put them into a state of suspended animation (‘Cold Sleep’) to win each round. When playing as Gnosia, your goal is to attack and eliminate each crew member until the Gnosia outnumber the remaining humans.”
So, it’s a little bit like Among Us from a top-level perspective, but the gameplay shares more in common with text adventures, visual novels, and RPGs here. “Themes of friendship and camaraderie, love, trust, life and death, and personal identity are explored surprisingly deeply, and the game’s seamless and natural inclusion of non-binary characters fosters a sense of inclusion and understanding often found lacking in many mainstream titles,” the press release adds.
The game’s attracted pretty strong reviews over the years, so expect it to be similarly acclaimed when it releases on PlayStation’s current crop of home consoles later this year.