Unearth The Excavation of Hobb’s Barrow This Month

Set in Victorian England, The Excavation of Hobb’s Barrow (previously known as Incantamentum) will come to Steam and GOG later this month. The folk horror adventure game will launch on September 28 and retail at $14.99 (or regional equivalent). Catch the vibe with its trailer, which depicts a despondent Thomasina writing a letter. Luna may have brought it to your attention last October as part of the Steam Next Fest.

Hobb’s Barrow is a sealed site out in the English countryside. Author and antiquarian Thomasina Bateman is exactly the sort of person it should keep out, but she’s quite the determined adventurer. Thomasina has traveled to the little hamlet of Bewlay in order to excavate and investigate the barrow, and won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. Unfortunately for her, she finds out too late that the Barrow wasn’t sealed to keep others out. The barrow kept something terrible inside.

The Excavation of Hobb's Barrow Ghastly Tale Screenshot
Perhaps not, but this one seems to be quite real.

Explore Bewlay, talk with its suspicious and insular locals, and unearth something truly terrifying. Watch out for the cat scares, while you’re at it. Jury’s still out on whether you can pet it, so find out for yourself in a few weeks.The Excavation of Hobb’s Barrow draws on the works of M.R. James and the folk horror film The Wicker Man as sources of inspiration.

Developer Cloak and Dagger Games is no stranger to game development. Based out of the UK, the team has published six other titles in the point-and-click adventure genre. Their works range from The Terrible Old Man, an adaptation of the Lovecraft work of the same name, to their most recent Sumatra: Fate of Yandi.

Publisher Wadjet Eye Games is a leader in adventure games for the PC market. Founded in 2006, the studio has published beloved classics such as the critically-acclaimed Blackwell series and The Shivah. Ben Chandler handles art duties while Dave Gilbert acts as CCO.