Souls-likes aren’t long just because they’re difficult–there are plenty of hidden pathways and lore to discover in their expansive worlds. Developer Cold Symmetry’s Mortal Shell, while being Souls-like in nature, isn’t nearly as long as its contemporaries. The 40+ hours it takes to beat something like Nioh 2 can easily stretch to 100+ hours as you slam your head–and maybe your controller–against its punishing challenges while exploring the unpredictable world. Mortal Shell looks to adhere to the “brevity is the soul of wit” adage.
Launching on PC (via the Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, Mortal Shell drastically shaves the expected Souls-like length. It will only take about 12 to 15 hours to finish the game.
Mortal Shell’s length is a stark contrast from the genre’s expectations, with most Souls-likes easily reaching the 40-to-50-hour range on just the main campaign alone. Add in secrets, optional bosses, hidden weapons, and the like, and these lengths become much longer than initially thought. Mortal Shell doesn’t fit that mold, despite a New Game Plus being available that allows you to carry over your previous run’s equipment.
For more, you can check out our Mortal Shell review. In other news, publisher Playstack has confirmed that physical editions of the game will launch on October 2 for $30 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The digital version, also priced at $30, comes out on August 18.
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