With Cultist Simulator now complete, Weather Factory have announced their next title, Book of Hours.
Book of Hours is a noncombat RPG where you are the new librarian of a vast collection of occult texts. The Hush House was a vast reservoir of occult texts for over 500 years, until a devastating fire destroyed most of the collection and killed the former librarian.
Rebuild and repair the library’s collection, study forbidden lore, purify cursed tomes, and guide the library’s visitors so that they can discover their destiny and achieve greatness…or intentionally lead them to ruin.
Book of Hours will be coming to Windows PC and Mac via Steam sometime in 2021. The developers will be running a Kickstarter campaign later this year.
Here’s a rundown of the game:
BOOK OF HOURS is an elegant, melancholy, combat-free RPG set in an occult library, from the makers of BAFTA-nominated Cultist Simulator and the creator of Fallen London and Sunless Sea.
Shutter the windows against the sea. Bank the fire against the cold. Listen to the rain rattle on the roof, while you slide books one by one into their ancient nests. For five centuries, the library of Hush House was a fortress of knowledge… until the fire. The collection is ruined, and the Librarian is dead. Your unique talents make you fit to rebuild the collection.
ACQUIRE occult books, by purchase or more underhand means, and STUDY them to solve the setting’s mysteries. RESTORE books to address the ravages of time, or PURIFY them to remove their curses and shadowy taints. Enjoy the sweet peace of indexing and cataloguing books to the order you desire, building a library to be proud of, while you defend it against storm, fire, theft and the occasional theoplasmic assault.
And GUIDE the visitors who come seeking your assistance, to choose their paths and stories. Give one uncanny seeker the knowledge they need to rob a tomb; sabotage another’s intrigues; or convince a third to stay home with a nice book of poetry. The Librarian’s influence extends far beyond the walls of Hush House… and it’s up to you to determine how history is written.
BOOK OF HOURS is a rich, non-linear story about the terror and majesty of books, and about alphabetical order.