These New Call of Cthulhu game are the first ever screenshots to be seen.
The dark world of introspection and unfathomable horror always makes H.P. Lovecraft’s writing stand in a league of its own compared to writers we have today. Nearly 90 years since the author published “The Call of Cthulhu” in a pulp magazine, the iconic imagery of otherworldly terror, inescapable dread, and shuddering paranoia have still inspired people all over the world. Come next year, we may be stepping into Lovecraft’s harrowing world once more.
With the new Call of Cthulhu game currently under development with developer Cyanide, some new screenshots of the game are finally giving us a taste of what the developer has in store for fans when the game comes out sometime next year. The game, obviously taking reference from the original famous story, will also be heavily influenced by the pen-and-paper role-playing game of the same name that had been published by Chaosium.
The first screenshots of the game certainly look impressive, showing off the murky shadows and smoky textures we’d expect from a game this moody and foreboding. Looking at one of the screenshots, it almost reminds me of a similar art style to an Alan Wake.
In the new game, you take on the role of a private investigator named Edward Pierce, coming to a secluded island to investigate the death of an artist and their family. Taking place in 1920s Boston, the game looks to have a variety of settings to explore on the island, including the family manor. Running on the Unreal Engine 4, the high level of detail and lighting could be very exciting to see how this game evolves as it begins to near completion.
It’s been over ten years since gamers got a Call of Cthulhu game to play. For an IP that isn’t sacrosanct to adaptation, it’s surprising so few games have taken the chance to jump into Lovecraft’s famous world and create something original. Perhaps that’s the issue entirely. Creating a good psychological thriller isn’t exactly easy, and while certain gems like ‘The Last Door’ and ‘Layers of Fear’ are willing to take enough chances to create something special and memorable for players to experience, some games in this genre do struggle.
Perhaps that’s the reason why we haven’t seen a Call of Cthulhu game since Bethesda published Headfirst Production’s ‘Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth’ back in 2005. A relatively enjoyable first person shooter with some stealth and puzzle solving elements, ‘Dark Corners of the Earth’ wasn’t a failure by any means, although it did fail to make a satisfying impression on the PC market. While the game has been a Halloween favorite for twitch streamers pulling all night marathons, most people we know would have never heard of the game otherwise.
The game, which had been under development since 1999, simply failed to make any commercial standing in a PC market that was already being dominated with fastly popularized FPS’s like Call of Duty. And while those who have played the game may firmly tell you it’s one of the best horror games you can buy, the fact that the game’s most interesting features had been cut from production and that it never made it to the Playstation 2 really hampered its commercial success. This prompted Headfirst Productions to go under, a sorry ending to what could have been a great survival horror franchise, as the developer had been planning to put out at least two more games following the ‘Call of Cthulhu Mythos’, including the direct sequel, then-titled Call of Cthulhu: Destiny’s End.