Of all the unknowable horrors to explore for an RPG, Cthulhu is probably the best-known. That goes double for the H.P. Lovecraft short story “The Call of Cthulhu,” which introduced the world to the Great Old Ones and their mind-boggling, non-Euclidean, and incomprehensible madness. Many sailors and academics lost their minds in that story, and just as many converted cosmic cultists took lives worshiping the giant being. Definitely something that should be experienced hands-on, right?
That’s what Focus Home Interactive thinks. After recently publishing role-playing horror game Vampyr, the company -- along with developer Cyanide Studios -- has released the first trailer for their game Call of Cthulhu (based on Chaosium’s classic tabletop RPG of the same name) during E3:
Take a look (but hold your sanity tightly):
Filled with Lovecraftian prose in its voiceover (all ‘20s hyper-linguistic ramblings about the workings of the cosmos), the game looks to replicate the first-person gameplay style of something like horror/survival game Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Mysterious elements of the story’s case frees Private Investigator Edward Pierce from the seclusion of the Boston mansion he’s sent to search, just as Cthulhu frees him from his sanity.
Keeping with the themes of the short story, the game looks to involve sailors traveling to investigate weird rumors, and plenty of tentacles.
Call of Cthulhu will come out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC sometime in 2018.