With horror games like SOMA, Amnesia and PT more popular than ever before, it's only fitting that the granddaddy of supernatural horror be turned into a game as well. That's why Cyanide Studios and Focus Home Interactive are looking to bring the horrors of H.P. Lovecraft's world to the realm of video games with their upcoming Call of Cthulhu title.
Though the game is obviously pulling from Lovecraft's written source material, Call of Cthulhu will be more closely based on the long-running pen and paper RPG of the same name. Players will be tasked with investigating the death of an artist and her family on a remote island, and it seems safe to assume that sanity levels will likely be dropping pretty rapidly once you arrive. The title is being built in Unreal Engine 4 and will feature stealth mechanics as players attempt to avoid the psychological horrors of a secret world best left undisturbed.
Not much else is known about the game at this point, but Focus Home Interactive says more details will be coming in the next few months. Players interested in the title can sign up for an email newsletter via the game's official website to get the latest news.
Focus Home Interactive says the game will be coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in 2017, but it won't actually be the first game to bear the title Call of Cthulhu. Another first-person horror/stealth title called Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth was published by Bethesda for the original Xbox back in 2005, with a PC version to follow in 2006. The game is currently available on Steam for $9.99. Though the two games aren't related, if this new title can manage to capture the overwhelming sense of unease and wrongness that permeates Bethesda's take, fans should find plenty to enjoy.
If you're looking for more Lovecraftian goodness, be sure to check out some of the films and games inspired by Lovecraft's work. You can also download the iLovecraft app for all of your reading needs, which includes three Lovecraft stories, creepy artwork and even a haunting soundtrack.