Agony, the flagship title from Madmind Studio, is a nasty romp through Hell plagued by poor AI and significant performance issues. Now, it’s facing a variety of problems that will prevent the release of an unrated version of the game.
The Agony of Damnation
Agony, the flagship title from Madmind Studio, is a gross and atmospheric game that plays like a watered-down version of Alien: Isolation. It has received mixed to negative reviews from a variety of sources (you can read our official review here). While the hellish atmospherics of the game look great and fit the tone of the game, the game suffers from significant framerate issues and arbitrarily unfair enemy AI.
One of the features the game promised to offer was an unrated version. Agony initially was even more grisly, but had to be toned down in order to avoid the dreaded Adults Only rating. Plans for an unrated patch were initially scrapped due to unspecified “legal issues.” Fans were greatly outraged about the feature being cut, but Madmind Studio later announced it would release the cut content as a separate game. This version wouldn’t need to cater to publishers, and would be 99/100% off to owners of the original Agony.
However, in a post made on the game’s official Steam page, Madmind Studio made an official announcement on the patch:
We regret to inform you that our company is currently struggling with financial problems. Due to technical and legal reasons, Madmind must cancel the development of Agony Unrated. Part of the team will continue to support Agony on Steam and consoles by publishing new patches.
Destructiod noted that the language in the announcement (“financial problems” and “part of the team”) might imply there were layoffs since the game’s launch. Either way, the combination of displeased fans and under-delivering might be a deadly combination for Madmind Studio.