Invader Studios (formerly Invader Games) has officially announced Daymare 1994: Sandcastle. The second game by the Italian-based indie studio will continue its third-person survival horror setting, inspired by games like Resident Evil. It will serve as a prequel to Daymare: 1998.
Sandcastle will see you play as new protagonist Dalila Reyes, a former spy who now works for H.A.D.E.S. (Hexacore Advanced Division for Extraction and Search), a questionable unit of the game’s Umbrella-like corporation, Hexacore. Reyes will explore ‘the most advanced experimental research center in the United States of America’. Other confirmed characters include the emotionless Major Radek, leader of Reyes’ unit, and military veteran Commander Foster, founder of the H.A.D.E.S. unit.
Invader Studios has added new game mechanics to the prequel. These include dismemberment, enemies that don’t stay dead, and a new deadly weapon, the Frost Grip. The new elements will presumably join the original’s focus on item management, resource gathering, and puzzle-solving.
Daymare was met with mixed reviews and technical bugs, but it was applauded for creating the survival horror atmosphere that it promised. This is in large part due to the small team’s work on its original project, an unofficial Resident Evil 2 remake that ceased development when Capcom announced its own plans for an official remake. Invader were then invited to Capcom’s Osaka headquarters and encouraged to work on an original IP, and Daymare was born. The project was helped by Resident Evil 3: Nemesis director Kazuhiro Aoyama and original RE artist Satoshi Nakai.
Daymare 1994: Sandcastle is scheduled for release on PC, PS5/PS4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One in 2022.