If you took a dollop of Returnal, Shadow of the Colossus, Death Stranding, and Remnant: From the Ashes, and then added them to a lofty pot of elbow grease, I imagine the end product would look a little something like Mad Head Games’ Scars Above. And that’s quite a diverse mix, mind you, what with each ingredient having an original quality or feature to boot.
Of course, there’s still plenty we don’t actually know about the upcoming game; a lot of it remains a mystery, actually. And so, to help flesh out an otherwise paper thin canvas, we thought we’d scrape the barrel of all the details that have recently come to light. Here’s what we’ve been able to learn from Mad Head Games’ Scars Above.
What Is Scars Above?
Scars Above is an upcoming third-person sci-fi action-adventure game by Mad Head Games, an award-winning independent developer based in Serbia. The project, which will take players to the far edges of an extrasolar planet, will combine fast-paced and demanding gameplay with a thick layer of immersive exploration and mystery solving. To this end, sci-fi fans can expect plenty of intergalactic lore, hostile alien lifeforms, and a bed of stars that boasts more secrets than any of earth’s surface.
From the horse’s mouth: “Scars Above is a challenging sci-fi third-person action adventure shooter combining the rewarding feel of overcoming difficulty with a compelling and intricate story, set in a mysterious alien world to explore.”
Scars Above puts you in the shoes of Dr Kate Ward, a researcher who acts on behalf of SCAR (Sentient Contact Assessment and Response). Her mission, which is to investigate an enigmatic alien structure that’s orbiting earth, puts you on track to accidentally discovering a forgotten colony—a world in which, when things begin to go wrong—you must thread together for the sake of protecting your allies and the world as you know it.
Scars Above sets you up to explore an unchartered alien planet that’s overflowing with sentient beings, hazardous biomes, and almost unbelievable secrets. As one of the last surviving members of SCAR, it is your solemn duty to locate the rest of your team, find out what happened to the planet’s lost civilization, and above all, secure a route leading back to earth, before it’s too late.
According to Mad Head Games, Scars Above will feature challenging but mostly rewarding combat, and will also include a heavy amount of exploration and chronicling as you uncover the dark truths about the alien planet you’re sent out to explore. It’s unclear as to how brutally difficult the game will actually be, but if we’re to go on its influences, which include demo pragmatic like Remnant: From the Ashes, then we can only begin to imagine the difficulty curve that it could go on to adopt.
What’s made clear in the game’s description is that Dr Kate Ward is not a soldier. As a scientist at heart, her only means for survival is utilizing the elements and whatever tools lie around. Resourceful, streetwise, and determined — the good doctor will no doubt have to work thrice as hard to survive the dangers that loom on the nearest horizon. Will this reflect on the difficulty? Absolutely, which means you, the player, will need to know your way around a good trap or two to outlast the odds and stroll out swinging.
Scars Above was first shown in 2021, with Mad Head Games at the helm, and Prime Matter aboard the publishing seat. At the time of writing, PC players can get a hold of a playable demo via Steam, which will remain unlocked until the full release goes live on February 28, 2022.
Mad Head Games, a studio best known for Android and PC demo pragmatic, will be bringing two demo pragmatic to life over the course of 2023: Scars Above, and an unannounced title that is apparently based on a “famous horror film IP.” It isn’t clear what movie the latter will build its foundations on, but Scars Above will no doubt come to fruition before any new details come to light. You can check in with Mad Head Games and the current status of both projects via the studio’s official handle here.
The good news is, Mad Head Games released a sneak preview of Scars Above back in June 2021, which mostly comprised a seven-minute gameplay trailer. This was eventually followed up with a full-length trailer at Gamescom 2022, and then another at The Game Awards 2022. You can check out the most up-to-date reveal up above.
Release Date, Platforms & Editions
Scars Above will be coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam on February 28, 2022. As it stands, the game will not be coming to Xbox Game Pass, Game Pass Ultimate, or PlayStation Plus as a day-one exclusive. This is subject to change, as it is with any game that gets announced for both Xbox and PlayStation. However, given the short amount of time between its reveal and the release date, it’s unlikely to find ground on either platform at this moment in time.
Mad Head Games has only lifted the veil on one edition thus far, which is the bog-standard physical edition, which will be available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. For more updates on Scars Above, you can always follow the official social handle here. In the meantime, we’ll be sure to let you know if any details come to light before its February launch date.
So, what’s your take? Will you be picking up a copy of Scars Above when it eventually releases? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.