Cyanide Studio and publisher Focus Home Interactive have unveiled a new gameplay trailer for the upcoming Call of Cthulhu, a psychological horror adventure game based on H.P. Lovecraft’s twisted fever dreams.
In this second of two gameplay trailers shown, Cyanide delves deeper into the madness, showcasing how sanity, or a lack of, can alter private investigator Edward Piece’s perception of the world around him. Call of Cthulhu is a game in which the player will never be quite sure what’s real and what’s not, hopping between bizarre visions and mundane situations. He doesn’t sound particularly well equipped for taking on the Great Dream though, what with his fear of the dark and enclosed spaces.
"Players will need to rely on a variety of upgradeable Skills to escape the clutches of madness and death," writes Focus Home Interactive. "The Spot Hidden and Investigation skill paths let players uncover more clues and draw more meaningful conclusions, unlocking more topics to question in dialogues. Convincing the distrustful locals of Darkwater to reveal what they know will require proficiency in Eloquence and Psychology. Pierce's Strength skill may also come in handy for when brute force is necessary, or to intimidate impressionable people into offering whatever they’re hiding. Expertise in Medicine and Occultism, improved only through discovering unique books and artifacts throughout the investigation, may grant additional insight – but knowledge can be a curse in Call of Cthulhu. The more aware Pierce is made of the horrors that dwell beyond the fabrics of reality, the more he will fall to insanity, impeding his ability to draw logical conclusions."
There’s the whiff of a budget game to this one, but in terms of Lovecraftian horror, Call of Cthulhu appears to be one that’s authentic to the source material.
Call of Cthulhu is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 30th, 2018.