Of the endless amount of mostly (and sometimes intentionally) awful "simulator" games out there, the last one we needed was one about being a priest. But that's exactly what Polish studio Delirma is making with Priest Simulator.
Published by Ultimate Games S.A., Priest Simulator is aiming for a late 2019 release on Steam. It's a first-person open-world game where players will be able use the divine powers of a priest to do everything from preaching sermons to performing exorcisms.
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Players even earn money to upgrade weapons, their car, and the church itself, or develop a lab to prepare incense and holy water. You can even fight demons. Any potential charm or humor for the goofy physics of Priest Simulator however, are demolished by the trailer emphasizing a poor and terribly dated sense of humor.
Middle fingers and disappearing clothes off of women...
Priest Simulator is still a year away so hopefully they drop the distasteful aspects of the game and focus on the potentially fun and funny combat and open-world gameplay. One of the creators of the game, Michał Jod:
"In our new game you will feel like a priest, the most privileged person in the village. We focus on an open world in which the main path of the storyline will be intertwined with intriguing side tasks. There will be plenty of standard activities – e.g. preaching sermons, visiting people and the sacraments but there will also be some more unusual activities such exorcisms and battles with demons."
The devs are positioning Priest Simulator to be over-the-top and intentionally controversial, and knowing how Steam operates, that's cool by Valve's standards. Still, this isn't and won't be accepted and shared like the early days of Surgeon Simulator and Goat Simulator that were fun and funny without being perverted. Michał Jod continues:
"Life is the art of selecting the lesser evil. Such will also be the case in our game, where we will solve problems in different ways or not solve them at all. If a resident asks us for help, then, of course, we will be able to help that person but the game will also offer alternatives less beneficial for the needy. We’ll kill the devil and receive from the client an envelope with a reward or we allow the demon to depart and we obtain an ability associated with black magic. The decisions will be reflected in the reputation indicator and we invest the money in developing the parish, car upgrades and better weapons."
Note: This game really is development, believe it or not.
Priest Simulator releases for PC via Steam in late 2019.