Cyanide Interactive has unveiled a new gameplay trailer for its upcoming Lovecraft-inspired horror RPG Call of Cthulhu.
When we last saw the game in action, Cyanide offered an extended look at its atmospheric opening hour, setting the scene for its central investigation - which sees hard-drinking private detective Edward Pierce attempting to solve several mysterious deaths in the halls of Hawkins Manor, situated on the gloomy island of Darkwater Island, Massachusetts.
This time around, however, Cyanide teases a couple of sequences from much later in the game, delving, as the developer puts it, "deeper along the path of madness". Once again, the video stresses the futility of physical combat in Call of Cthulhu (although it's always an option as a last resort), offering a reminder that it's often far more effective to make use of your other skills, such as speech, medicine, and knowledge of the occult.
Developer Cyanide has hit the record button and proffered up a full hour of gameplay from its forthcoming Lovecraft-inspired horror RPG, Call of Cthulhu.
Cyanide's Call of Cthulhu (not to be confused with the other Lovecraft game in the works, Frogwares' The Sinking City) is the official video game adaptation of publisher Chaosium's much-loved classic pen and paper RPG. As such, it prioritises deduction and detective work over guns and combat - after all, the series sensibly reasons, a pistol likely wouldn't be much help against a formless elder being from beyond space and time.
Call of Cthulhu casts you as Edward Pierce, a hard-drinking private detective suffering from PTSD, who agrees to investigate the mysterious deaths of the Hawkins family at their foreboding, fog-swept mansion on Darkwater Island, Massachusetts. That, as you might imagine, involves hunting for clues, interrogating characters, and solving crime scenes - some of which you can see in the hour of gameplay below.
Earlier this week, developer Frogwares shared more of its open-world, Lovecraft-inspired detective adventure The Sinking City, and it's looking more and more promising with each new peek. However, it's not the only Lovecraft video game on the horizon - there's also publisher Focus Interactive's Call of Cthulhu, which has now received its very first gameplay trailer.
Call of Cthulhu is, as its name implies, the official video game adaptation of the much-loved classic pen and paper RPG - and, interestingly enough, was originally being worked on by Frogwares before behind-the-scenes shenanigans saw Styx: Master of Shadows developer Cyanide Studio take over the reigns. And now we have two Lovecraft games!
Cyanide's offering, which has previously been described as "an RPG-Investigation game with psychological horror and stealth mechanics", casts players as Edward Pierce, setting them the task of investigating the mysterious Hawkins Mansion in Boston, Massachusetts, and the circumstances behind the tragic deaths that occurred within its foreboding walls.
If you're partial to mountains of madness or things on doorsteps, this is your year. Cyanide's Call of Cthulhu adaptation will release on 30th October for PC, Xbox One and PS4, publisher Focus Home Interactive has announced.
Charmingly subtitled "The Official Video Game", the adaptation has had a rough time in development - it began life back in 2014 at Adventures of Sherlock Holmes studio Frogwares, known and feared for its teleporting Watson, only to fetch up in Cyanide's hands after a reported two years of inactivity. Of course, it won't be a proper HP Lovecraft adaptation unless everybody involved with the project vanishes in eerie circumstances save for a single QA tester who spends the rest of their days babbling about angles you can smell and colours you can taste.
I had a chance to see this at a Focus Home showcase a few months ago. The game stars private detective Edward Pierce, who travels to remote Darkwater Island near Boston, Massachussets to investigate the deaths of an entire family - and, presumably, stick it to any aeons-old tentacle beasts that happen to be in the neighbourhood.
Blood Bowl and Styx: Master of Shadows developer Cyanide showed off a glimpse of its upcoming Call of Cthulhu RPG for E3.
While the latest trailer contains little, if any, actual gameplay, it appears to be in-engine at least and gives us a good sense of the game's ominous art direction.
The game puts players in the role of private investigator Edward Pierce as he investigates the death of a family on the not too subtly named Darkwater Island. Along the way he'll question his sanity as he encounters cultists, conspiracies, elder gods, and the like.
The new Call of Cthulhu game continues to look promising.
Focus Home Interactive's MIA Call of Cthulhu game is back from the dead.
Sherlock Holmes and Magrunner developer Frogwares is working on a Call of Cthulhu game, publisher Focus Home Interactive has announced.
The reveal was made over Twitter, where the niche publisher released the following five pieces of early production art for the project.
Little is known about the game at this time, but Focus Home noted that it's coming to PC and "next-gen consoles," by which I'm assuming it means PS4 and Xbox One. One wonders what kind of game this will be. Will the perspective be in first-person or third? Will it be an action game, a puzzle game like Sherlock, or maybe a hybrid horror adventure like Bethesda's 2005 Xbox and PC offering Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth? I've sent the publisher a request for more info, and will update if I find out more.