If you’ve a hankering for Lovecraftian horror and psychological dread, Cyanide Studios’ Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game could be for you.
The newest trailer for this nautical adventure just dropped, and is truly a work of moody, gothic beauty. You can check it out just below.
We’ve seen plenty of games that take inspiration from Lovecraft of course, as one of the most prolific and talented horror writers of all time, you’d expect nothing less.
Still, I can’t think of a game outside of Call of Cthulhu that has worked to adapt the author’s work quite so explicitly, and I bloody love it.
If this one’s a little unfamiliar to you, here’s the official synopsis:
A Private Detective, Edward Pierce is on a mission to find the truth behind the death of an acclaimed artist and her family on a backwater island. Pierce is used to trusting his instincts, but with whale mutilations and disappearing bodies, this is only the beginning as reality becomes skewed. As your investigation leads you closer to the sphere of influence of the Great Dreamer, you will start to doubt everything you see. You will have to find balance between your own sanity, and your determination in finding out what lurks in the shadows—as they say that madness is the only way that can bring you to the truth.
Certainly, the game looks, sounds, (and presumably smells) exactly as it should – hopefully it plays just as well. We’ll find out when the game comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC later this year.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.