Call of Cthulhu’s E3 trailer gives a first look at the video game adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s classic horror story of madness, mystery, and monsters
Call of Cthulhu may not be on many people’s radars at E3, with AAA titles such as Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Titanfall 2 dropping teaser trailers, but after Call of Cthulhu’s latest E3 trailer, people might start paying attention. The game is described in the press release as an “RPG investigation game” and from the trailer it seems like a horror game that relies less on jump scares and more on a mood of ever growing madness within the main character.
Call of Cthulhu is being developed by Cyanide Studio, who previously worked on games such as Styx: Master of Shadows and the Game of Thrones RPG, and is based on the H.P. Lovecraft short story of the same name. In the game, players take on the role of private investigator Edward Pierce in 1920’s era Boston, as he investigates the mysterious deaths of a family on the mysterious Darkwater Island. H.P. Lovecraft’s works center around the theme of cosmic horror or fear of the unknown, and this fear is represented by Cthulhu, a monstrous, godlike entity living in another dimension, who drives people insane by simply learning of his existence.
This theme of insidious, ever growing madness will be central to Call of Cthulhu according to the press release, as the player moves, "closer to Cthulhu's sphere of influence, madness will progressively engulf [their] senses, leaving [them] to increasingly question what is real and what is illusory." The game also appears to be from a first person perspective and will undoubtedly draw comparisons to the Amnesia game series, where the player also must attempt to keep their sanity.
This isn’t the first game to be an adaptation of Lovecraft’s works, Bloodborne draws heavily on the theme of Cosmic Horror and the RPG Darkest Dungeon is littered with Lovecraftian references and themes. The release of a next gen, first person horror game will certainly be welcome news to fans of the genre, especially with the recent cancellation of Allison Road and the somewhat disappointing Layers of Fear.
Basing a first person horror game around H.P. Lovecraft’s works seems in line with the current trend in horror games. Jump scares and third person games are becoming less and less common. while the popularity of games like Amnesia, P.T.. and Five Nights at Freddy’s suggest that horror fans are looking for a more visceral and immersive horror experience.
Does Call of Cthulhu look like it will be the big horror game of 2017?
Call of Cthulhu is expected to be released in 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC
Source - Gamespot