With Call of Cthulhu releasing in October I thought now would be a good time to talk a little more about the game. Developer Cyanide will attempt to make the hair on the back of our neck stand up in this role-playing survival horror game inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s short story “The Call of Cthulhu,” and by Chaosium’s classic pen and paper RPG.
In the game you will play as Private Investigator Edward Pierce a man who must uncover the truths in order to stave off madness. Set in 1942 Edward Pierce is sent to Darkwater Island to find out the cause of death of the Hawkins family. In his investigations he will have to keep his wits about him as he enters a strange and unusual new world. Quite like Sherlock Holmes he will also have to use stealth in situations if he is to discover what secrets are being hidden from him.
The interesting part about this title is the talk of Edward Pierce losing his mind to madness. I am intrigued to see how this plays out into the game and I believe it will help to create some tense moments if done right. The main character already has a lot going on as for as mental wise. Suffering from alcoholism and PTSD from the war it is definitely something that can lead to some dramatic scenes in the game. I want to see how the developers handle that and how it relates to him trying to uncover tragic circumstances.
Knowing that we will be searching for clues, investigating people and sneaking around a town that clearly does not want our presence, having the game play in such a dark and gritty setting is bringing back memories of old horror classics. I remember being a kid playing Resident Evil for the first time and being terrified just because the game was so dark. You never knew what was going to be around the corner or what might jump out at you next. This is where horror should be set and my eyes are really liking what I am seeing from this game.
Will this be a run of the mill type horror game though? I think not and I’ll tell you why. From the footage we have seen you can tell the game will have the horror element but what is standing out for me is the visions that Edward Pierce is having. Not only do we get creepy environments but now we have something that looks as if it were straight out of a massacre movie and all this could be in his mind. I like that angle and if we truly have a sense of not knowing what is real or not then this could be incredibly good.
The supernatural element gives me goose bumps as well. Will the cult have some sort of supernatural influence over Pierce? Or are they just normal crazy beings? What is the “Great Dreamer” and is it watching us at all times? I get shivers just thinking about it. So far everything I have seen as far as dialogue, story, gameplay and the sounds in the game have kept my hype level pretty high. Honestly I am trying to temper myself here but I really want this to be a good horror game. I want it to become a classic.
Apologies for not covering this game more, it certainly deserves the attention.
Call of Cthulhu will release on October 30th, 2018.
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive