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The Medium Preorder Guide (Xbox/PC): Discounts And Preorder Bonuses For Release Week
Next-gen psychological horror game The Medium launches this week for Xbox Series X and Steam.
The Xbox Series X will soon be host to a new, chilling psychological horror experience: The Medium, a third-person horror game featuring dual-reality gameplay, releases this Thursday, January 28 on Xbox Series X|S and PC. The game comes from developer Bloober Team, the makers of Blair Witch, Layers of Fear, and Observer, and there's still time to preorder--there are some nice bonuses for doing so on PC. Preorder discounts are available as well. Xbox Game Pass members will also have day-one access to The Medium.
In the game, you play as a medium named Marianne who lives in two worlds--the human world and the spirit world. After seeing visions of a young girl's murder, Marianne travels to an abandoned hotel to search for the truth about what happened there years ago. As the medium, you'll experience the game from two different perspectives, and you'll explore both the physical and spiritual world simultaneously with both displayed on your screen. Marianne's movement through the two worlds is controlled by a single analog stick, but you'll have to interact with the two environments in different ways and solve puzzles to explore various paths. Marianne also has different abilities in the spirit world, including one called Out of Body.
You can check out our review of The Medium now--the game received a 9/10 for its way of maintaining a sense of dread, engaging puzzles, cinematic shots, and top-notch sound design. "Eventually The Medium's narrative threads begin to weave together, even connecting to the original goal of discovering Marianne's origins," wrote editor Jordan Ramée. "The promise that everything somehow connects in some unforeseen and fascinating way is a thrilling reason to see the game all the way through. The connections to real-world events of Polish history make many of the revelations even more poignant--even if the supernatural aspects are fictional, it's deeply unsettling to think about how some of the evil present in this game did actually occur."
For more on The Medium, check out our full preview of the upcoming Xbox console exclusive, including a chat with Bloober Team on the game's Silent Hill influences.
The Medium preorder bonuses (PC only)
Preorder bonuses for The Medium are only available on PC. On Steam and the Epic Games Store, preorder bonuses for The Medium include the game's original soundtrack, which features a "dual" score soundtrack by composer Akira Yamaoka (known for composing various Silent Hill games) and Bloober Team's Arkadiusz Reikowski. You'll also receive a digital art book for The Medium.
Preorders are available now for Xbox Series X and PC--you can check out the listings below. No special editions have been announced at this time. The game is currently 10% off during the preorder period, so you can snag it for $45 instead of $50. If you're an Xbox Game Pass member, there's no need to preorder.
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