In a significant free replace coming to Cultist Simulator on January 22nd, victory via immortality will probably be only the start. Developers Weather Factory calling this second story ‘advanced mode’, and it lets gamers resume a accomplished game in a really intelligent means. Taking management of an apostle of your now-immortal previous self, your new purpose is to assist your outdated character ascend to godhood, probably ending the world within the course of. An simple job, then, apart from some pesky rival immortals searching for to throw some eldritch spanners into your machinations.
It feels like this new mode will probably be a problem. “Basically unfair” say Weather Factory, which sounds about proper. It was robust sufficient when it was simply you and your cult dodging the eye of the authorities, however having rival eldritch demi-gods gunning for you and your patron? That sounds enjoyable. The new replace guarantees extra lore, a number of routes to godhood, and on every try at ascendance, one in all 4 opposing immortals to lock horns with. Weather Factory say they “make Detectives and Rivals look like playground bullies”, and can go to nice lengths to cease you.
I’ve received a little bit of a factor for artistic New Game Plus or Hard modes that remix outdated challenges in thematically coherent methods. Advanced mode feels like an particularly sensible means of retaining the plate-spinning pressure of Cultist Sim whereas elevating the stakes. As you’re taking part in as a mere apostle, you’ll need to cope with the identical monetary, well being and notoriety issues as earlier than, however the brand new finish objectives and extra story offers it thrilling new context. Better nonetheless, it builds on the game’s present concept that even a failed run results in new attainable beginning factors. Soon, you may finish all of it.
The replace goes stay at 7pm GMT/11am PST on January 22nd, and will probably be a free replace for everybody with the game on Steam, GOG and Itch. Alongside the replace, Weather Factory will probably be releasing the game’s soundtrack for £8/$10. If you’re intrigued by all this eldritch weirdness, Nic Reuben’s Cultist Simulator review is a high quality place to start.