When you think of Atlus, you think of demons invading Japanese high schools, anthropomorphic plush bears, and juggling multiple bachelorettes while investigating a murder spree in rural Japan. Plan 9 from Outer Space? Not quite the first five words that come to mind.
The Deadly Tower of Monsters, Atlus’ latest collaboration with ACE Team, however, brings the kitsch of low-tech ’50s movie monsters to the PS4 and PC this fall, and if the announcement trailer is anything to go by, this will be one retro-fabulous journey. Atlus also published the Chile-based developer’s Rock of Ages, Zeno Clash II, and Abyss Odyssey, so it makes sense that they’d embrace a project like this.
According to Atlus, the game revolves around climbing the titular tower, where the player is accosted by B-movie monstrosities (sometimes with obvious visible wires). It turns out that you can actually fall all the way down to the beginning of the tower if you’re not careful, which sounds horribly unfair but also weirdly fits the tone of this novel-looking title.
The game’s logo clearly takes inspiration from the 1956 sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet (starring Leslie Nielsen in an early role), so it’ll be interesting to see what other references players will find sprinkled throughout the game. If nothing else, it’s definitely something refreshing from Atlus while we endure the wait for Persona 5.
But enough talk: Simply gaze upon the directorial genius of one Dan Smith in the trailer below!