Mutant Mudds dev reveals new horror game 'Cult County'

Mutant Mudds developer Renegade Kid has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new console-bound game - a first-person horror titled Cult County.

The Kickstarter campaign went live today, as previously promised, with a funding goal of $580,000. According to Renegade: "Cult County is an all-new first-person survival horror game that blends the episodic story-telling of The Walking Dead with the classic tension-filled exploration and action of Silent Hill and Resident Evil."

Renegade Kid, founded by veteran game developer Jools Watcham, promises to draw from its experiences as the studio behind the well received 2007 DS survival horror game, Dementium: The Ward, and its 2010 sequel Dementium II.

Cult County will feature story-driven gameplay full of "mystery and scares", set in a small West Texas town. The player will endure "creepy enemy encounters" with a mix of gunplay and melee combat.

The developer says it has turned to crowd funding to allow it "creative freedom away from publishers", and to allow fans to play a part in the open development of the game.

The game is in development for Steam (PC, Mac & Linux), Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, and Vita. Due to licensing complications, an Xbox 360 version is a stretch at $640,000, $60,000 more than the standard target of $580,000.

Cult County was originally revealed as a 3DS game but, according to Renegade, "Cult County has grown beyond the scope of the 3DS, and we do not want to compromise our vision for the game." It adds, "If there is enough interest in seeing Cult County on the 3DS, a Nintendo 3DS stretch goal could be added. However, it would need to cover the cost of developing a separate game entirely, as we would need to rebuilt the game from scratch with our proprietary 3DS engine."

A video is above and below is the full plot description:

You assume the role of Gavin Mellick, whose mother has fallen deathly ill. Unable to reach your older sister, Alissa, by phone you drive the 6 hours across Texas to visit her in person and share the sad news. You return to the small town where you spent your summers as a child with Alissa, at your late aunt's house. There is a particularly savage dust storm rolling in when you arrive.

Unable to locate your sister, you ask some of the locals for help. You quickly learn about their suspicions of a cultish group that recently moved into town, and the unexpected suicide of Father Pearce. The locals offer very little help finding your sister, and it isn't long before your search takes an unexpected dark turn, leading you down a road of no return.

You are alone. You are unarmed. You see strange "people" linger on the edge of the dust storm, who seem to be watching your every move. But, as soon as you turn your head to face them, they disappear. Who are they? Where do they go? What do they want?

As you explore deeper into the town, searching for any clues that might lead to your sister, you meet various town folk who offer their own anecdotes on what the "people" might be. Some claim they are just your imagination, and some say they are part of the new cultish group who recently moved into town. One person even goes as far to name them "Dust Devils"!