The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow, a folk horror adventure set within the isolated moors of rural Victorian England, will release for Nintendo Switch on January 25. Antiquarian Thomasina Bateman is writing a book on the barrows of England, documenting the treasures she finds buried within. When an intriguing letter summons her to the small village of Bewlay, tucked away in the remote countryside, she sets off by train with her assistant a day behind.

Upon her arrival, however, the mysterious man who summoned her is nowhere to be found. Her assistant never arrives. A stubborn landowner refuses access to the barrow, and the locals are wary of this woman who is traveling alone and (gasp!) wears trousers.

The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow is off to a rocky start. And then Thomasina starts having strange dreams…

The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow is developed by British indie team Cloak & Dagger Games and published by Wadjet Eye Games. Its September 2022 release on Steam and GOG earned an 86% review average on OpenCritic, a Game of the Year nomination from PC Gamer, and end-of-year acknowledgments from Eurogamer, the Guardian, GameSpot, Rock Paper Shotgun, and Kotaku Australia.

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