The human mind is a fragile thing. That’s a thought I had as I sat through my eight E3 press conference, my mind a haze of forgotten announcements and a murky acknowledgment that every game is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland these days. I vaguely remember some saying about life and art.
Anyway, one game that isn’t about nuclear bombs dropping on your face or the global economy going tits up is Call of Cthulhu. It’s more preoccupied with dropping cosmic bombs in your cerebral cortex, drilling into the human psyche and the essence of madness. Lovecraft made this sort of horror an artform, and Cyanide has become the latest studio to attempt to ape his cosmic horror with Call of Cthulhu.
A new trailer has dropped for E3, but a little background first. The year is 1924, and you play as private investigator Edward Pierce. He’s been sent over to the suitably misty Darkwater Island off the shores of Boston, where an entire family met a grisly end. He’ll be examining police reports, talking to the locals, and slowly but surely losing his very mind.
“Your mind will suffer - balancing a razor-thin line between sanity and madness, your senses will be disrupted until you question the reality of everything around you,” says Focus. “Trust no one. Creeping shadows hide lurking figures… and all the while, the Great Dreamer prepares for his awakening.”
Call of Cthulhu is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later in 2018.