PERISH Release Date Announcement

PERISH Release Date Announcement

PERISH Paves The Bloody Road to Elysium on PC, Feb. 2

Giebelstadt, Germany / Brighton, UK – Dec. 6, 2022

PERISH, the classical mythology-inspired first-person co-op shooter from developer ITEM42and publisher HandyGames, pushes forward to Elysium on Thursday, February 2, 2023 for PC on Steam, Epic Games Store, and GOG.


There is no way back and only one way forward. Enter blood-soaked underworlds inspired by ancient mythologies, all accompanied by a death-metal soundtrack. Face ceaseless battles on the perilous path to Elysium. Face a barbarous fate and slay hordes of infernal creatures on the black sands of Purgatory. 

Sell their corpses to a glorious priestess in exchange for increasingly powerful melee weapons and firearms. Overwhelm abominable bosses and use the spoils of war to gain entrance to Elysium, where death and gold await thee.

The same lust for gold that motivates your own craving consumes the revenant creatures within Purgatory. Succumb to these dark souls and be forced to lose precious wealth and begin again. Muster up to three friends and reap the tides of merciless hordes together. Deploy co-op-specific gear to support, defend and revive each other on the perilous path toward eternal oblivion.

“Combining classical mythology and FPS, with multiplayer and roguelike elements forced us to push a lot of boundaries during PERISH development," said Regan Ware, Co-Founder, ITEM42. "While we are saddened it will no longer be released on Google Stadia, players will be able to access our game from an amazing store lineup including Steam, Epic Games Store, and GOG."


  • 1-4 player online co-op campaign sprawling across dilapidated temples, volcanic foundries, and ancient shipwrecks
  • A series of magnificent boss fights against rare and unheard-of colossal deities 
  • More than ten handcrafted and ornate weapons, from javelins and swords to bows and guns, each with their own unique and upgradeable offensive capabilities
  • Gratuitous, brutal, gold-soaked ranged and melee combat against enemies with distinctive battle behaviours
  • Morbid gladiators: enemies in PERISH are unforgiving, and as you travel further through Purgatory, you will meet a slew of enemies inspired by Ancient Greek, Roman, and Christian mythologies
  • Breathtaking visuals with Ray Tracing support for NVidia RTX series graphics cards
  • Supports both DLSS 2 and DLSS 3 and Reflex for NVidia graphics cards and AMD FSR on all GPUs

PERISH will be available for $19.99/€19.99 on Thursday, February 2, 2023, for PC on Steam, Epic Games Store, and GOG. For more information, follow @ITEM42 and @Handy_Games on Twitter, join fellow souls on their way to Elysium on Discord, and check out the official PERISH website.

About Item42

Item 42 is a development studio headed by brothers Regan and Bret Ware from Brighton, UK. The duo strives to make unique and inspiring game worlds using their years of programming and art experience from clients as diverse as ISG and Spotify to Jaguar Land Rover. PERISH, the studio’s first project, features an original heavy metal soundtrack to perfectly pair with the game’s dark, mythological universe.

About HandyGames

HandyGames is an international indie games publisher and developer, a THQ Nordic Company and part of Embracer Group. Established in 2000 with hopes to bring high-quality gaming to handheld devices, the team has since expanded its efforts to more platforms, no matter if PC, Console or Streaming. Its ever-growing colorful portfolio of games across all platforms includes Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated, Little Big Workshop, Endling - Extinction is Forever, and El Hijo - A Wild West Tale.

To learn more, visit the official HandyGames website.

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Games are our passion. Since our founding at the turn of the millennium, we have been steadily evolving our company and portfolio to publish and produce award-winning titles for cutting-edge consoles, PC, and VR, as well as premium mobile games from great teams around the world.

We are proud of our ever-growing and colorful portfolio - from hilarious games for the whole family to deep and sometimes dark topics presented in an interactive format. Games are and always will be entertainment media, but we firmly believe they are capable of much more.

HandyGames is at home in beautiful Giebelstadt in Northern Bavaria, close to the Franconian university and city of Würzburg and a proud part of the German and European gaming scene. Always on track towards lasting growth, we have significantly expanded our office space to create room for up to 120 colleagues and look forward to continuing to successfully shape the future of the international games industry as a sustainable employer.

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