Is your soul ready for a next-gen Call of Cthulhu game?
Focus Home Interactive and Frogwares Studio are working on a new Call of Cthulhu game, to be released for PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Frogwares announced this in a blogpost, which also reveals five pieces of concept art.
The game will alegedly be based on the pen-and-paper roleplaying game of the same name. The RPG was, in turn, based on horror author H.P. Lovecraft's short story "The Call of Cthulhu," which was first first written in 1926.
Said Frogwares: "Recognized as a true classic, Call of Cthulhu continues to delight players after almost 30 years since its release. We are aiming to continue this tradition and to present our very own contribution to Lovecraftian heritage with a video game. "
Frogwares Studio is most known for developing Sherlock Holmes adventure games, such as The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper, and their upcoming project Crimes & Punishments. In 2006 they developed Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened, which was basically "Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu." The Cthulhu Mythos were also the focus of Magrunner: Dark Pulse, a first-person puzzle game that Frogwares launched last year.
This won't be the first PC game to be named after Call of Cthulhu. In 2006, Headfirst Productions developed the first-person horror game Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, also based on Lovecraft's writings. The game was critically well-received, and in some ways was ahead of its time--Amnesia takes more than a few pages from this game's book. However, Dark Corners of the Earth was also riddled with game-halting bugs, and commercially was such a failure that it led to Headfirst's bankruptcy and liquidation.
H.P. Lovecraft's stories have influenced horror writers for generations--contemporary horror authors like Stephen King, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Laird Barron have all been highly inspired by Lovecraft's work. Let's hope the new game does him justice.