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Asymmetric Announces, Releases, Shadows Over Loathing, Sequel to West of Loathing

Shadows Over Loathing screenshot of the protagonist standing in front of Secureberus Building and Loan on a rough-looking street. Also the protagonist is wearing a giant maggot as a hat.

In a surprise move, developer Asymmetric has, well, shadow dropped Shadows Over Loathing today. A followup to 2017’s Wild West stick figure-based RPG, West of Loathing, this sequel does not require knowledge of the first game to play it, but will surely feature some references for keen-eyed players as it takes place 30 years later in the 1920s.

Oh, and also, we have a Shadows Over Loathing review that you should read! (And a review of West of Loathing if you are unfamiliar. And also its incredible soundtrack.)

If you’re familiar with the long-running browser MMO Kingdom of Loathing, you’re already sold at this point. Otherwise, please give our review a read, and check out the synopsis of the tale from the game’s Steam page:

Mobsters, monsters, and mysteries — welcome to Shadows over Loathing, the shady side of an already black-and-white world, and a follow-up to the award-winning West of Loathing.

Your Uncle Murray has requested your aid at his antique shop in Ocean City, but upon your arrival the old man is nowhere to be found. Your investigation into his disappearance and the artifacts he’s been collecting takes a turn when you stumble across some shadowy plots (and a bunch of squirming eldritch tentacles) that threaten to bring about the end of the world.

Explore a sprawling open world chock full of danger, quests, puzzles, and stick figures in this single-player comedy adventure/RPG set in the prohibition era of the Loathing universe. See how many enemies you can stuff into a phone booth as the athletic Pig Skinner, control the curds and whey of the cosmos as the cunning Cheese Wizard, or march to the beat of your own inscrutable purposes as the hip Jazz Agent.

Shadows Over Loathing is available now on Steam for Windows and macOS for $22.99 USD, though for its first week, the game is on sale for 15% off. While console versions have not been announced, West of Loathing did release on Nintendo Switch, so hopefully that will happen in the future!

Finally, check out the game’s official trailer!

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Mike Salbato

Mike Salbato

Mike has been with RPGFan nearly since its inception, and in that time has worn a surprising number of hats for someone who doesn't own a hatstand. Today he attempts to balance his Creative Director role with his Editor-in-Chief status. Despite the amount of coffee in his veins, he bleeds emerald green.

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