At first glance, the game reminds of Dear Esther, and that can only be a good thing. Montague’s Mount is a journey through isolation, desolation and the reality of living in the head-space of a tortured mind, all set against the bleak, and sometimes downright creepy backdrop of a singular Irish island. The two key pillars of gameplay are exploration and puzzle-solving; excelling at both will help in revealing the history of the island and how to escape it. Being a one-man team (oxymoron?) based out of Ireland, Polypusher Studios have incorporated realistic landscapes and accurate Gaelic language.
First displayed to the general public at Rezzed! in June of this year, an extended build of the game will be playable at the Eurogamer Expo in London from September 26-29. What’s most exciting is that attendees will be able to play it using the Oculus Rift for the first time ever. Matt Clifton (basically is Polypusher Studios) said about the hardware;
I first heard about the Oculus Rift during the early development of Montague’s Mount and it was immediately clear that this was perfect for my game, with its focus on exploration and suspense. I backed it at Kickstarter and have been working on integrating support ever since I got the dev kit. It opens up a whole new dimension for games like mine.
Neil McKenna of Mastertronic – who are publishing the game – stated;
We all loved Montague’s Mount from the moment we first saw it. We loved the way that Matt has told a very adult horror story – there are no zombies here, but a chilling story that is all too real. We loved the gritty depiction of Irish rural life, so far removed from the popular image of that country. And most of all, we loved the passion that Matt had invested in the game. This was a game that he really needed to make. We have done certain things to polish it up, but we have never interfered with Matt’s original vision, as we could never have improved upon it. The new trailer showcases all that is great about the game.
You will be able to purchase the game through Good Old Games, Get Games and GamersGate. It is also currently going through the Steam Greenlight process; you can vote for it right here. Finally, check out the gallery of screenshots directly below, and the developer commentary video embedded at the bottom of this article.