Today we’ve been treated to the first gameplay from Call of Cthulhu, the new first-person survival horror RPG that’s now under development at Cyanide. Up until now, it wasn’t hugely clear how the RPG elements would slot into place, but in the trailer, we can see a proper skill tree here character points can be invested into abilities like forensics, lockpicking, psychology, and discovering hidden objects at crime scenes.

Call of Cthulhu is an adaptation of the 1981 tabletop role-playing game, which itself was is based on H.P. Lovecraft’s short story ‘The Call of Cthulhu’. It’ll be set in pseudo open-world on the island of Darkwater near Boston, and will be heavily focused on investigations and stealth. From the looks of it there’s going to be little (if any) combat involved.

There’s a deeply B-tier whiff to the trailer but Call of Cthulhu definitely has something about it. That grimy coastal village is just steeped in a foreboding atmosphere, while the investigation methods should tickle the Sherlock in all of us. The mind tricks at the end are textbook Lovecraft; Cyanide has plenty of leeway to mess with us. There are certainly some concerns to be raised over the voice acting, but we’re cautiously optimistic for Call of Cthulhu when all’s said and done.

Call of Cthulhu is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2018.